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Merkel refuses to attend Victory Parade in Moscow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to visit Moscow on May 9, where will be held a parade on the occasion of victory in World War II. However, on May 10 together with President Putin she will lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused the Kremlin' invitation to visit the parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in World War II, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the German newspaper Die Zeit.

According to a source close to the Chancellor, Angela Merkel decided not to go to Moscow for the Kremlin event a few days ago. This verdict is primarily associated with the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the newspaper notes.

The German journalists wrote that if Merkel had arrived in Moscow on May 9, it would have offended the government of Ukraine."

At the same time, in order to avoid a scandal, Angela Merkel agreed to visit Moscow on May 10. Together with Russian President Vladimir Putin the Chancellor will lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Last time Merkel came to Moscow for Victory Day parade in 2010. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, 20 foreign leaders, including the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un confirmed their visit on May 9.

Earlier it was reported that President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman said that on May 9 he planned to visit Moscow, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.