Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the atrocities of the Nazis were some of the «darkest and most shameful pages of modern world history,» addressing the 5th World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Thursday.
The Russian leader also paid tribute to the Soviet sacrifice to stop the Nazis.
«They defended their fatherland and brought liberation from Nazism to Europe. We paid for this at a... Еще price that had never been imagined in the worst dreams of any nation. Twenty-seven million dead. We will never forget this.»
He went on to call for the leading nations in the world to defend and preserve civilization.
«We must have the courage not only to say this directly, but to do everything to protect and defend the world. An example, in my opinion, can and should be given by the founding countries of the UN, the five powers that have a special responsibility for the preservation of civilization,» said Putin.
Several world leaders and dignitaries including French President Emmanuel Macron and UK's Prince Charles are attending the 5th World Holocaust Forum entitled 'Remember the Holocaust, fighting antisemitism' at the Warsaw Ghetto Square in Yad Vashem.
The ceremony marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.