The Kremlin has introduced that no invites have been issued to overseas leaders to attend the annual Victory Parade in Moscow this yr.
The Might 9 parade, marking the 76th anniversary of the top of World Battle II for Russians, will likely be an extravaganza involving greater than 12,000 contributors. The Russian authorities introduced it would showcase 190 weapon methods and navy tools and 75 plane sorts, together with 53 fixed-wing and 23 helicopters.
Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirmed that no overseas friends have been invited to attend the 2021 parade. Peskov claimed it’s because 2021 is “not an anniversary yr.”
“This doesn’t imply that our closest neighbors and allies can not share the enjoyment of victory with us if they need,” Peskov added, in keeping with TASS.
In Russia, Might 9 is a extensively celebrated public vacation and the annual Victory Parade on Purple Sq. has nice significance for a lot of residents. The Russian authorities has been recognized to ask overseas friends to attend the parade in a gesture of hospitality.
Notably in 2010, overseas troops representing international locations allied with Russia throughout World Battle II have been invited by then-President Dmitry Medvedev to take part, together with troops from the US, United Kingdom, France and Poland.
The event marked the primary time that navy troops representing Western international locations participated in a joint parade with Russian troops on Purple Sq..
Relations between Russia and Western nations have since deteriorated, with leaders within the US and several other European international locations turning down parade invites in 2015.
International friends to Victory Day celebrations have since included representatives from China and post-Soviet international locations. This yr, nonetheless, no formal invites have been despatched. MH