Russia and France are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic visit of de Gaulle to Moscow


PARIS, January 28. /Corr. Dmitry Gorokhov/. Russia and France are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic visit of General Charles de Gaulle in Moscow (June 20-July 1, 1966). As reported at the meeting with members of Franco-Russian friendship of the two chambers of the French Parliament, the Russian Ambassador in France Alexander Orlov, the anniversary is timed projects in various fields.

“General de Gaulle took place in the relations with Russia, and his trip to Moscow at the height of the cold war marked the beginning of major cooperation programmes, – the diplomat noted. The effect of these initiatives is still being felt”.

Orlov stopped, in particular, on the space partnership between the two countries. He recalled that during the visit of the French President in the summer of 1966 was signed an intergovernmental agreement in this area, one result of which was the first flight of a French astronaut aboard the Soviet orbital station. “Our country in the last half century have gained unique experience in the study of near-earth space”, – said the Russian Ambassador.

As was reported at the meeting, an important programme of the Russian-French exchange this year will be “cross season” of cultural tourism and historical heritage. They are designed to promote the broad dissemination of information about modern life of two countries.

In an interview with TASS Deputy of the National Assembly, mayor of the city of Brienne-Le-Chateau, Nicolas Dwek noted the historical commitment of the leader of France the policy of comprehensive development of relations with Russia. “Our countries were allies in two world wars, and founder of the movement “Free France” have never forgotten this,” he said. He recalled the words of General de Gaulle, who said in December 1944 that “for France and Russia to be together means to be strong, to be detached means to be in danger.”

Charles de Gaulle, whose ten-year stay on a post of the President of the Republic was marked by the expulsion of the headquarters of NATO from France and the establishment of special relations with Moscow, he resigned in April 1969. According to the historian Nicolas Bonnes, the leader of France, “warned the U.S. effort to dominate Europe”.

According to the French researcher, the critical attitude of the General to the ally on the other side of the Atlantic, “explains why he had to face with the first “orange revolution” in may 1968″. The resignation of the founder of the Fifth Republic followed ten months later after the crisis in France that began with student performances under leftist slogans.