As Sergei Gavrilov
Sergey Anatolievich noted, “the First World War showed the unity of the allies in the fight against the common enemy, the important role of relations between Russia and France, but the consequences of the war were disastrous: millions of people died, empires fell, countries were economically and internally weakened”.
“The courage of the Expeditionary Corps of the Russian army in the battles of the First World War, in particular, in the battle of Verdun, should be noted. Up to a million Russian soldiers died on the fields of this bloody war,” said the parliamentarian.
Speaking about the tasks of modern politicians, the parliamentarian stressed that ”it is necessary to stop the ongoing arms race and the development of aggressive liberalism, it is necessary to abandon sanctions and the step-by-step division of Europe.“
Sergei Gavrilov believes that the main vector of development of Europe is “ensuring the freedom of sovereign European nations without pressure from European bureaucrats and external forces, as well as striving for a world nuclear-free future.”
“New Europe is trust, traditional values, a unified system of collective security. It is important to preserve a patriotic society, in particular, to ensure the maintenance of monuments and find the way to build new memorials dedicated to soldiers who fell in battle, including Russian soldiers who died in France,” he added.
State Duma members visited the Douaumont ossuary memorial, where they honored the memory of the soldiers who died in the battle of Verdun during the First World War.
Member of the Committee on Education and Science, Chairman of the Organizing Committee on the preparation of the international procession of the Immortal Regiment Nikolai Zemtsov
Nikolai Georgieviсh also took part in the meeting with European parliamentarians.
These days the centenary of the end of the First World War is celebrated in many countries of the world.