Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the U.S. President Barack Obama said issued a joint statement honoring the 65th anniversary of the meeting of the U.S. and Soviet troops at the Elbe River in WWII.
"April 25, 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the legendary meeting of Soviet and American troops at the Elbe River, which became a striking symbol of the brotherhood-in-arms between our nations during World War II," the statement said.
"We pay tribute to the courage of those who fought together to liberate Europe from fascism. Their heroic feat will forever remain in the grateful memory of mankind," it continued.
"The atmosphere of mutual trust and shared commitment to victory, which accompanied the historic handshake at the Elbe, is especially called for today when Russia and the United States are building a partnership for the sake of a stable and prosperous world," Russian and the U.S. leaders said.
"We are convinced that, acting in the "spirit of the Elbe" on an equitable and constructive basis, we can successfully tackle any tasks facing our nations and effectively deal with the challenges of the new millennium."
Medvedev and Obama compared the meeting on Elbe to a bright symbol of the two countries' wartime brotherhood during the WWII.
On April 25, 1945, Soviet and American troops met near the German city of Torgau on the Elbe River. Troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front and the 1st U.S. Army joined hands tearing the rest of German troops and bringing Wehrmacht's capitulation another step closer.
MOSCOW, April 25 (RIA Novosti)