BERLIN (Sputnik) – German foreign policy chief Frank-Walter Steinmeier supports plans of country's lawmakers to pay compensations to surviving prisoners-of-war from the Soviet Union for the atrocities of the Nazis, the German Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
"From foreign minister Steinmeier's opinion, this is a good parliamentary initiative, which he welcomes and supports," spokesman Martin Schaefer said answering a question from RIA Novosti.
Around 5.5 million Soviet soldiers were taken prisoner in Nazi concentration and labor camps. As many as 3 million died of hunger, epidemics and hypothermia. According to media reports, around 4,000 former prisoners are alive today.