The President said, in particular, in his message:
“In August 1941, just a few weeks after the Nazi forces attacked our country, Arkhangelsk welcomed the first British ships carrying military aid. The first convoy had the code name Dervish and marked the start of a major four-year operation in which thousands of naval and civil sailors from the allied countries took part. These people worked in the severest conditions, suffered enormous losses, but performed their duty with courage and steadfast spirit.
We will always honour their deeds and remember that the victory in World War II was achieved through our peoples’ common effort. This historical experience of alliance has enduring value. Today, when we face new threats and challenges, it is particularly important to protect the truth about the common fight against Nazism and preserve and develop the glorious traditions of friendship and solidarity. Only working together can we overcome any difficulties and guarantee our planet’s security.”