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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Talks of WWII And Terror

MTWorld War II veteran Anatoly Ivanov, 80, examining a bottle of 1945 Crimean wine Wednesday at the Armed Forces Cultural Center. Veterans were treated to a concert and glasses of rare wine in the run-up to Victory Day festivities.
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the lessons of World War II emphasized the need for closer cooperation in the global community in the struggle against international terrorism.

"Russia is conducting a continuous policy aimed at uniting the world community's efforts in that struggle," Putin said at a Kremlin ceremony to accept credentials from new ambassadors from seven countries.

"Only by acting together can we create efficient mechanisms that should become the key factor in the progressive development and constructive cooperation among nations in the 21st century," he said.

In the weeks leading up to May 9 celebrations of the Allies' victory over the Nazis in Europe, Putin has frequently invoked the Soviet sacrifice during World War II, when some 27 million people were killed, as inspiration today. Putin has invited dozens of foreign leaders to Moscow for the celebration.

The State Duma also recalled the war Wednesday, saying that the values that united countries against Adolf Hitler remain important now, Itar-Tass reported.

The Duma adopted a statement saying that such values "should be a basis for younger generation, in order to prevent the recurrence of the tragedy of World War II."

The Duma also voted overwhelmingly to adopt a sweeping amnesty for prisoners who fought in World War II, freeing all jailed veterans regardless of the gravity of their crimes.

The vote on the amnesty was 435-0. It is effective immediately.

Some 200 people fall under the amnesty, which also included those held in Nazi concentration camps and home front workers as well as veterans.