Russia has said it is “outraged” at remarks by Romanian President Traian Basescu supporting the 1941 attack on the Soviet Union.
Romania was an ally of Nazi Germany when more than three million troops crossed the Soviet border, starting the most devastating conflict in history. Mr Basescu said in an interview last week that Romania’s war against the Soviet Union was justified because it wanted to regain a territory – Moldova – taken by the Soviets in 1940. He said: “I probably would have done the same.”
The order to attack Soviet troops was given by the pro-fascist dictator Marshal Ion Antonescu.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement it is “outraged” at Mr Basescu’s comments, which attempt to “justify the fascist aggression” and “desecrate the memory of millions of Nazi victims”.