Russian Embassy in Ashgabat Celebrates Victory Day
The Russian Embassy in Ashgabat recently hosted a celebration on Victory Day, an annual commemoration of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. The event welcomed veterans, diplomats, journalists from local and foreign media accredited in Turkmenistan, and other guests.
Charge d’affaires Pyotr Shchukin delivered greetings from Russia and acknowledged the contribution of Turkmenistan to the victory. Turkmenistan played a significant role in logistical support by hosting defense production facilities that were evacuated from frontal territories. Shchukin also highlighted the brotherhood between the two countries and expressed his hopes for continued strategic partnership.
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Vepa Khadzhiev thanked the Soviet Union for their help during the war and noted the sacrifices of Turkmen soldiers. About 300,000 Turkmen citizens, soldiers, and officers fought on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, and about a third of them did not return. Almost 7.5 tons of silver and gold were also transferred to the All-Union Defense Fund from Turkmenistan, accounting for about 80% of all precious metals collected throughout the union.
Khadzhiev also emphasized the importance of preserving historical memory and vowed to continue taking measures to commemorate the tragic years of the Great Patriotic War.
The celebration was a significant reminder of the strategic partnership between Russia and Turkmenistan as the two countries continue to collaborate on various economic and political issues.