The Russian embassy in Serbia reported on the desecration of the recently opened monument to the soldiers-liberators “Eternal Flame” in Belgrade and condemned the incident, writes RIA Novosti.
“Deeply shocked by the barbaric desecration of the Eternal Flame at the memorial to the Liberators of Belgrade. There is a cynical attempt to put Serbia on a par with some European countries, where the war with monuments to anti-fascists and the rewriting of history, unfortunately, acquired a systemic character, the diplomatic mission said. “We do not exclude that the marginalized renegades who committed this cowardly crime acted on orders from the outside.”
The embassy believes that the vandals sought to “bring discord in fraternal relations between our peoples.” They also noted the immediate reaction of the Serbian authorities to the incident.
The diplomatic service expressed confidence that in the near future the monument will be fully restored by joint efforts, and that those involved in the crime will be punished.
Last night, unknown people poured paint on the Eternal Flame and left dirty containers from it with offensive inscriptions on the monument.
On December 15, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic participated in the ceremony of lighting the Eternal Flame at the Belgrade Liberators Memorial, together with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The lamp with fire to the Serbian capital was delivered by a special board of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation by the Russian delegation, headed by the presidential aide, head of the Russian Military District Vladimir Medinsky.