Russia to invite Macron to WWII military parade in June

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Read: 724     14:32     28 May 2020    

Russia is reissuing invitations to international leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron to attend a massive military parade in Moscow on June 24, a Foreign Ministry official said Thursday.


"Repeat invitations will be sent to all participants, including the president of France," Alexei Paramonov, head of the ministry's Europe department, told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced the annual May 9 Victory Day parade would held in June after postponing the event last month to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

He said it was possible to reschedule the event because Russia had passed the peak of the pandemic.

The new date of June 24 is 75 years after the first victory parade in Red Square following Germany's surrender to Soviet commanders on May 9. 

The postponement of the mass event had been a blow to Putin, who had hoped to gather world leaders to watch thousands of troops march on Red Square to celebrate 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany.

China's leader Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron of France were among the most high-profile confirmed attendees with invitations sent to other world leaders including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump.

After peaking in mid-May at more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases per day, the number of daily infections in Russia has dropped below 9,000.

The country has the third-highest number of cases at 379,051 after the United States and Brazil.



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Russia to invite Macron to WWII military parade in June

2020/05/1590663344.jpg
Read: 725     14:32     28 May 2020    

Russia is reissuing invitations to international leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron to attend a massive military parade in Moscow on June 24, a Foreign Ministry official said Thursday.


"Repeat invitations will be sent to all participants, including the president of France," Alexei Paramonov, head of the ministry's Europe department, told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced the annual May 9 Victory Day parade would held in June after postponing the event last month to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

He said it was possible to reschedule the event because Russia had passed the peak of the pandemic.

The new date of June 24 is 75 years after the first victory parade in Red Square following Germany's surrender to Soviet commanders on May 9. 

The postponement of the mass event had been a blow to Putin, who had hoped to gather world leaders to watch thousands of troops march on Red Square to celebrate 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany.

China's leader Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron of France were among the most high-profile confirmed attendees with invitations sent to other world leaders including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump.

After peaking in mid-May at more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases per day, the number of daily infections in Russia has dropped below 9,000.

The country has the third-highest number of cases at 379,051 after the United States and Brazil.



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