On June 3, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Mikhailova made a presentation on "British-Soviet relations on the eve of the Great Patriotic War" in the framework of panel discussion of the 80th anniversary of the Second World War beginning. The topic is "International relations in Europe on the eve of the Great Patriotic War."
The organizers of panel discussion are the People's Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building and the People's Council Committee on Foreign Policy, International Relations, Information Policy and Information Technology.
The meeting was also attended by Chairman of the People's Council Committee on Foreign Policy, International Relations, Information Policy and Information Technologies Vladislav Berdichevsky, Chairman of the People's Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building Maxim Knysh, deputies of the People's Council, Deputy Minister of Information Artem Olkhin, as well as historians from Donetsk National University and the Republican Museum of Local Lore.
Natalia Mikhailova spoke about the three stages of relations between England and the USSR in the period from September 1939 to June 22, 1941. She focused on the hostility of these relations and the distrust of these two states to each other, based on the suspicion of the possible alliance conclusion with Germany by one of the parties.
In conclusion she drew a parallel between Soviet-British relations on the eve of the Second World War and Russian-British relations now and inferred that the relationship between these states has always been extremely complex, which is a historical fact.
Other participants of panel discussion also presented their reports and took part in a discussion about the historical consequences and parallels between the Great Patriotic War and the current events in Donbass.