There will be no foreign leaders in Europe at this year’s parade in Moscow on the occasion of the end of World War II. The reason is that the Kremlin has decided not to invite anyone, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a regular briefing. Asked if at least Alexander Lukashenko would be in Red Square, he replied: “As far as I know, it is not planned.”
Thus, Vladimir Putin will be the only state leader to be joined by nearly 11,000 Yunarmiya soldiers, cadets and youths, more than 130 “modern weapons and equipment” units and 77 planes and helicopters, including models currently used in Ukraine. .
Peskov’s explanation is that “this is not a jubilee date. This is our holiday. This is a sacred holiday for all of Russia, for all Russians. But we have not invited foreign leaders.”
The capitulation of Nazi Germany was signed on May 8, 1945 before the allies of the anti-Hitler coalition, but the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was not satisfied and demanded a repeat only for his army and elsewhere a day later. To this day, this day is celebrated on different dates in Europe and Russia.
Curiously, last April Peskov gave exactly the same explanation: “The year is not a jubilee, so no invitations to foreign participants are planned.” Then the excuse was the pandemic, but the so-called procession of the “Immortal Regiment”. There was a full parade on June 24.