MOSCOW, March 16 (RIA Novosti)
Moscow has condemned a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Estonia that called the Soviet air attack on Nazi-held Tallinn in 1944 an act of "foreign occupation," the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
“It is regrettable that American diplomats in Tallinn are once again conniving in the attempts by certain powers in the Baltic States to distort the historic truth and set the Russian and Estonian people at loggerheads,” the ministry said in a statement.
Russia's reaction came after the U.S. Embassy in Estonia issued a statement on March 9 announcing a ceremony commemorating the 1944 Soviet bombing of Tallinn that called the attack “tragic both in its devastating loss of life and its military inefficacy.”
Over 300 Soviet bombers raided Tallinn on March 9, 1944 in an attempt to destroy the Nazi forces occupying the city. However, the bombing mainly claimed the lives of civilians, killing over 500 people and injuring almost 700.
The attack, seen by many Estonians as an act of Russian aggression, remains one of the most controversial issues in the history of the World War II.
The U.S. statement also said the bombing failed to “break the spirit of the Estonian people,” a phrase that Moscow views with “condemnation and outrage.”
It argues the attack has been “taken out of the historical context” and that the bombing was part of Soviet military actions to liberate the Baltic States from Nazi troops, the Foreign Ministry said.
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- stpetersburgDresden Saxony Germany 13 Feb 194516:30, 16/03/2012In the night of 13 Feb 1945 the Americans and British Bombers dropped thousands of fire bombs on the people of Dresden many
Refugees and destroyed the city in one night and killed by some accounts 500,000 People
The Americans have no room to talk and Tallinn was under German Occupation and a few months the War was over but only for the Soviet forces and their blood toil tears
and sweat defeating Germany would of been much more difficult if the Germans had not of met the fierce resistance from the Soviet Russian people and only the Americans launched their invasion after saturation bombing of German Cities
Cities and when the Soviet forces with their resolve weakened the German campaign only then did the Americans and British launch their Invasion on 6,6,44
- jg(no title)17:31, 16/03/2012I agree with you that Tallin and Dresden are similar and that the Americans are hypocritical in their statements. The marches today in Riga show that, far from being victims, many in the Baltics were avid supporters of the Nazis in the 1940s and are proud of that to this day.
About 6/6/44 - the western forces were probably weaker than you think, as they were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific and the Germans and their allies in the Mediterranean. British, Canadian and US forces were simply not ready for D-Day until 1944. There was one message from Stalin to Churchill in the period after D-Day in which Stalin asks that Churchill should "send a few more divisions to the western front" - unaware that, at that time, there was not enough troops left in Britain to form a single division, let alone three!
- lmHypocrite in office at the US embassy.17:42, 16/03/2012The U.S. statement also said the bombing failed to “break the spirit of the Estonian people,” a phrase that Moscow views with “condemnation and outrage.”
It is the same way the American bombing of Vietnam in the final day by B52 Bombers did not break the Vietnam people sprit, so the American should know history that the bombing they did was much more horrific than what the Soviet did.
Military exercises are held in order to prevent a war rather than prepare for one. If a potential enemy knows and sees that the Russian Army is constantly improving its skills and adopting state-of-the-art combat equipment and combat support systems he will hardly risk aggression against these Armed Forces and the country they defend.