Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation of Austria on Friday in Moscow to congratulate the country on the 75th anniversary of Victory Day.

“I would like to thank the Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz for his initiative to address the Austrian nation ahead of the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany,” Putin started.

“The great victory saved humanity. It paved the way for dynamically developing democratic Austria. More than 26,000 Soviet soldiers were killed when liberating Austria. Today there are more than 200 war cemeteries in Austria. We are thankful to the authorities and people of Austria who treat the dear memorials with care and respect,” the president said.

Concluding his speech, the Russian leader wished Austria well-being, prosperity, and strength in the fight against COVID-19.

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