“The transformation of the memory of the soldiers who fell into duty in wars on the electoral issue is an expression of cynicism that we do not want to be part of. We do not want to be drawn into controversies launched provocatively in the public space during this electoral period in the Republic of Moldova “, announces the Romanian Embassy in the Republic of Moldova, which states that it is not surprised by the reaction of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova.
According to the diplomatic representation, Romania has a European approach both from a scientific point of view in terms of the study, understanding and teaching of history, and from the point of view of assuming and publicly condemning the horrors of the past and is appreciated at European and international level for its efforts. numerous and concrete steps taken in the field of past education, education and research on the Holocaust and the commemoration of Holocaust victims, including the introduction into Romanian law of the working definition of anti-Semitism, agreed within the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance (IHRA) during the Romanian presidency. of this organization.
In a statement, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova accuses Romanian officials of “cynicism” because they demand the preservation of the “eternal memory of the heroes”.
In the same statement, the Russian embassy calls General Ion Antonescu a “Nazi criminal” and accuses him of killing thousands of people, including residents of the Dniester and Prut.
“Descendants of tens of thousands killed and tortured by aggressors Antonescu and his executioner Alexianu, Moldovans – Moldovans, Russians, Jews, Gagauzians and Bulgarians – will hardly forget the crimes of fascist villains who justified their atrocities by” fighting for reunification ” . By the way, can the mass executions of Russians and Jews in Transnistria be considered by the Romanian occupation administration a “struggle for reunification”? Or, perhaps, the “fight for reunification” is the participation of Romanian troops on Hitler’s side in the battle of Stalingrad? And how about the complicity of Antonescu’s Nazi accomplices in starving the inhabitants of besieged Leningrad? ”, It is also mentioned in a communiqué quoted by Deschide.md.
The Romanian Embassy in the Republic of Moldova organized on October 23, 2020, at the Cemetery of Honor of the Heroes of the Romanian Army located inside the cemetery of Mana locality, Orhei district, activities dedicated to the celebration of the Romanian Army Day.
According to the Facebook page of the Romanian Embassy in Chisinau, the Romanian ambassador Daniel Ioniţă stated in his speech on this occasion that “our grandparents’ generation had war and famine, and the Romanian soldiers who fell on these lands fought for the reunification of the country, for justice and freedom, for this piece of land between the Prut and the Dniester, which belonged to Romania as a result of the great act of December 1, 1918 and which was torn from the body of the country as a result of the odious Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact ”.
The reaction of the Russian embassy is not accidental, occurring in the context of the electoral campaign across the Prut and being meant especially to mobilize the pro-Russian electorate.
In addition, Russia is regularly conducting a campaign to rewrite history, in this context being disturbed by any reference to the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact – which led directly to the outbreak of World War II and the partition of Poland between Hitler and Stalin. – and trying to change – through distortions of facts and propaganda – the image of the aggressor in that of the victim.