"It was a crucial moment in the fight against the German fascists. I think that was the moment that brings the best in what we had in our common history of Russians and Americans. Something that needs to be remembered by future generations," Kislyak said.
The event was attended by delegates from the United States, Russia and other states comprising the former Soviet Union, including Kislyak as well as US State Department foreign service officer Eric Green, and veterans.
On April 25, 1945, Soviet and US troops met at the River Elbe, near the town of Torgau in Germany, a key milestone in the process to end the Second World War. The meeting marked by US troops advancing from the west and Soviet troops advance from the east has Nazi Germany in two.
The memorial was opened in 1995 to mark the 40th anniversary of the historical meeting between the US and Soviet armies at Elbe.