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US-Russia Issue rare Joint Statement to Commemorate "Spirit of the Elbe" to Promote Cooperation for a Greater Cause

  • US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have issued a rare joint statement on Saturday to commemorate the working together of the Soviet and US troops to defeat Nazi Germany during WWII in 1945. The joint statement said that the April 25, 1945 meeting of the two troops on a bridge over the Elbe River in Germany “heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime” and goes on to show that “countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause.” On April 25, 1945, Soviet soldiers advanced from the east and the American troops moved from the West over the Elbe River in Germany. ‘Spirit of the Elbe’ was first highlighted through a US-Russia joint statement in 2010 when the Obama administration was trying to improve relations with Russia. Reports say that some senior Trump administration officials were against issuing such joint statements as they were concerned about undercutting stern US messages to Moscow. However, the Trump administration overcame these hindrances and went on to continue with the joint statement that the Obama administration had started in 2010.