President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov made a remark to Almazbek Atambayev during the CIS Summit in Moscow on May 8 when the Kyrgyz president was talking about the roles of peoples of the CIS in the victory in the Great Patriotic War.
During the informal meeting of CIS leaders in Moscow dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory, a number of leaders in their speeches mentioned the role of the former Soviet republics, including Kyrgyzstan, in the victory.
"It is of course sad that not everybody could make it to this summit because, to some extent, it is a tribute and respect for fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers who were on the war. I think that this day should remain in the memory of all the countries because future will punish those who forget the past," said Atambayev.
"It was a common victory, a victory of all peoples, a victory that brought freedom from the fascist plague, from fascist enslavement," Islam Karimov noted.
"Atambayev's talking about what country played what role in the great victory is not relevant here, in my opinion. And saying that someone could forget the WW2 is inappropriate as well and is not going to come to a good end... That time Uzbekistan had 6.5 million population, 1.5 million of our compatriots left home for war. More than 500 thousand people never came back and over 100 thousand people were missing. Many returned with disabilities. We can not forget the price they had to pay for the well-being of Uzbek nation, which is a multinational, by the way..." said Islam Karimov.
Atambayev in turn said he was just saying his opinion.
The meeting continued behind closed doors with the heads of state of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
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