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Ukraine will regard foreign leaders’ participation in Moscow Victory Parade as ‘solidarity with aggressor’

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry tracks information about the possible participation of foreign leaders in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, which will be held May 9 in Moscow.

Yevhen Perebyinis, Speaker for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, stated that Ukraine would consider the participation of heads and representatives of other states in the celebrations in Moscow as a "demonstration of solidarity with the aggressor," Joinfo.ua reports.

"Based on the Russian aggression against Ukraine, such participation will be considered by Ukraine as a demonstration of solidarity with the aggressor and the country that despite its alleged anti-Nazi rhetoric is encouraging the Nazi movement in its own country, and, in fact, is a center of pilgrimage for neo-Nazis from all over the world," said the spokesman.

He stressed that the representatives of Ukraine would not participate in the Moscow events. "There will not be and can not be any participation of the Ukrainian representatives in the Moscow events  under Russian aggression against Ukraine," said Perebyinis.

It should be recalled that many Western leaders refused to visit Moscow on Victory Day. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders, President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, Latvian President Andris Berzins, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and other European leaders refused to attend the event.

However, there are a few European leaders, who decided to attend the parade in Moscow. Among them is Czech President Milos Zeman.

Invitations to the parade were sent to 68 heads of foreign states, as well as heads of international organizations, including the UN and the European Union. Presidents of India, South Africa, Vietnam, Mongolia, and the Democratic People"s Republic have already confirmed their presence.