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German FM Supports Plan of Compensations to Soviet War Prisoners

© AP Photo / Pavel Golovkin, poolGerman Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier lays wreath at a cemetery where German soldiers killed during World War II are buried, near Volgograd, Russia, May 7, 2015
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier lays wreath at a cemetery where German soldiers killed during World War II are buried, near Volgograd, Russia, May 7, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Earlier local media reported that Germany's ruling block of Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), as well as Social Democratic Party, proposed to pay 10 million euros ($11 million) to former Soviet POWs under Nazi Germany.

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.

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According to the spokesman, the minister thanked the parliamentarians who came up with the idea.

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.

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