18 | 09 | 2019

Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi: Opening with the symbol of the World Youth Festival 1985A Russian delegation led by the head of Russia's Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Sergei Pospelov, departed on Monday for the capital of Cuba, Havana, to officially submit a Russian bid to host the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Russia in 2017, the agency said Monday. Pospelov said the bid was due to be officially presented at the General Assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) in Cuba on November 8-12. According to him, the winning country is likely to be announced this week.

Sergey Lavrov 2011 in Buenos Aires. Foto: Cancillería Argentina (CC BY-SA 2.0) Yesterday, monday, the Russian newspaper »Rossiyskaya Gazeta« and the Chinese »Renmin Ribao« published an article written by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov about the 70th anniversary of the end of Second World War. We reproduce this article, translated by Russian foreign ministry:

The current year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This anniversary has special significance for Russia and China. Our countries fought Nazism and Japanese militarism together, they bore the brunt of the aggression and sustained the greatest casualties. The unprecedented courage and self-sacrifice, as well as the mobilisation of all forces, enabled our nations to hold out during that terrible battle and to win.

The aggressive actions of Japan, which occupied Manchuria in 1931 and unleashed large-scale hostilities against China in 1937, served as a preamble for World War II. The Soviet Union became the only state to provide real assistance to China. The USSR delivered modern warplanes, tanks, artillery systems, small arms, machine guns, communications and various types of military materiel to China. About 5,000 Soviet military experts, including a large group of pilots, were involved in combat operations.

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