President Donald Trump wont visit Moscow for a Russian celebration in May, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on March 10.
“We have been informed via diplomatic channels that the [American] president will not be coming,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. It isnt clear who might represent the United States for Victory Day events, and the White House hasnt publicly provided a reason.
A parade will take place in the Russian capital on May 9 to mark the anniversary of the Soviet Unions World War II victory over Nazi Germany. Invitations were sent to Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and other leaders, the state-run TASS service reported.
The leaders of the Czech Republic, India, Venezuela, Cuba, France, Bulgaria, Armenia, and Belarus have confirmed that they will attend.
While Putin had told reporters that it “wont be important at all” for other leaders to attend the event because “it is our celebration,” on March 10, he said that it would be “a mistake” for other world leaders not to attend, The Associated Press reported.
“I think that, concerning former members of the anti‑Hitler alliance, the right thing to do would be to attend (our event), from both a domestic political stance and a moral one,” Putin told state media. “We look forward to seeing them and we will be glad if they come. If not, well, thats their choice. But I think that would be a mistake for them.”
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