By Nazrin Gadimova
Azerbaijan's embassy in Germany has joined the appeal of the Russian Embassy in Berlin. The document urges the Berlin government to refrain from holding a rock festival in Treptower Park on the burial place of the Soviet soldiers, who died during the Great Patriotic War against fascism.
Maria Zakharova, the Spokesperson for Russian Foreign Ministry, made a statement as part of a briefing held in Moscow on April 21.
Some other embassies of post-Soviet countries accredited in Germany joined this appeal, the spokesperson added.
The Treptower Park, one of three great Soviet memorials in Berlin, was built in 1946-1948 on the site of a large playing and sports field. This place serves as cemetery for thousands of Soviet soldiers, being the largest Soviet war cemetery in Germany as well as the largest anti-fascist memorial in Western Europe.
The Second World War was a terrible ordeal for humankind, and Azerbaijan has made a worthy contribution to the victory over fascism. More than 600,000 people from Azerbaijan participated in the World War II, or as it called in former Soviet Union - Great Patriotic War.
Moreover, during the war, Azerbaijan provided 80 percent of the oil used by USSR. Thus, all the products used for planes, tanks, trucks, armored vehicles, and other military equipment came from the Absheron Peninsula.
In memory of all Azerbaijanis who participated in the World War II, Azerbaijan celebrates May 9 as the Victory Day every year.
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