The Russian foreign Ministry has condemned the desecration of memorial to red army in Slovakia

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in fatabonapicallo the representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova during a briefing in Moscow. 24 August 2017The Russian foreign Ministry has condemned the desecration of memorial to red army in Slovakia© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

Russia considers the desecration of memorial to red army soldiers in the Slovak town of Kosice as provocative and immoral acts, hopes that the Slovak authorities will investigate the incident and punish the guilty, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

«Recently it made yet another desecration of the monument to the red army, this time in the Slovak city of Kosice. This is another act of vandalism against the memorial at the burial place of red army soldiers who fell during the liberation of Czechoslovakia during the Second World war. We regard this as provocative, illegal and immoral actions,» Zakharova said at a briefing in Moscow.

She added that Russia believes that «the Slovak authorities will swiftly investigate this crime and the perpetrators whose names are known, will be punished.»

«We call on the Slovak side to the strict observance of the obligations deriving from the Treaty on friendly relations and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Slovak Republic from 1993 and the agreement between the government of the Russian Federation and the government of the Slovak Republic on the graves of the fallen soldiers and civilian victims of war from 1995. We hope that the authorities will take decisive measures to prevent the recurrence of such acts of vandalism» — said the diplomat.

«The Russian Embassy in Bratislava sent a note of protest to the foreign Ministry of Slovakia, as well as appeal to the mayor of košice and Chairman of the Slovak part of the bilateral intergovernmental Commission for the care of the graves of servicemen», — said Zakharov.