Letter urges Kiska to attend WWII victory celebrations in Moscow

A GROUP of well-known personalities have written a letter urging President Andrej Kiska to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II in Moscow in May, the TASR newswire learnt on March 5.

President Andrej Kiska(Source: Sme)

Kiska is among many officials across the world to have received a letter of invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin. In view of the crisis in eastern Ukraine some leaders have turned the invitation down or have not yet made it clear whether they will travel to Moscow or not.

“The celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the victory over fascism in May 2015 have a symbolic meaning,” reads an open letter signed by 53 personalities, as quoted by TASR. “People with differing world views and experience from history were able to unite against evil. We believe that this is a challenge again today! That's why it matters to us that you, the president of Slovakia, Mr. Andej Kiska, should contribute to fulfilling this legacy.”

The signatories include former Slovak prime minister Jan Čarnogurský, former mayor of Bratislava Milan Ftáčnik, incumbent chancellor of the Media Academy Eduard Chmelár and university lecturer František Skvrnda.

“You’ve promised to be the president of all citizens, not only people who band together and fill up public spaces as if no other voice even existed in Slovakia,” reads the letter. “They've also mounted this pressure on you not to attend the anniversary of the victory over fascism in Moscow in May 2015, to which you were invited by the president of a successor country whose army made a vital contribution in the defeat of Nazi Germany.”

Kiska said on February 22 while paying a working visit to Kiev that he would do his “utmost to pay respects to the fallen Soviet soldiers in a dignified way”, TASR reported.

“I’ll announce the actual form and manner in which I'll do this with a timely notification,” said Kiska, as quoted by TASR. 

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