A military parade will be held in two weeks in Moscow

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Russia received confirmation of 12 heads of state about the intention to visit the Victory parade in Moscow June 24. It was on June 11 at the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with permanent members of Russian security Council told the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, the press service of the Kremlin.

“We have confirmed all invited to the parade, which is scheduled for may 9, that the invitation remains in force. We have already received confirmation from heads of 12 States, most of the countries – members of CIS”, – said Lavrov.

He did not specify what the presidents have agreed to attend the event, but before the speaker of the President Dmitry Peskov in comments to reporters called some of them, told RBC daily.

According to Peskov, Moscow has received confirmation from the Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Serbia, Croatia, and also from the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Later, the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Andrey Rudenko told TASS that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will also attend the parade.

Peskov said that the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky invitation not sent. According to him, the emphasis is on the renewal of the invitations to heads of the States CIS, and also those leaders who expressed a desire to come to the feast.

“As we know, Ukraine is not a de facto and largely de jure member of the CIS and never signaled his desire to share the joy of Victory,” – said Peskov.

A military parade was to be held on may 9, but because of the epidemic of the coronavirus, it was moved on 24 June. The Russian authorities sent invitations to the event dedicated to the 75-th anniversary of the Victory to many foreign leaders and representatives of international organizations. Their participation in the may 9 parade, in particular, confirmed the President of France, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bulgaria and several former Soviet countries, as well as the UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres.

World war II ended on 2 September 1945 the surrender of Japan. But in Russia we celebrate the anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany, which is considered the date of may 9, 1945.