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Czech President to meet Putin, but not attend Victory Parade

Czech President Milos Zeman will be in Moscow on May 9, but will not attend the Victory Parade, because at that time he had a scheduled meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Czech President to meet Putin, but not attend Victory Parade

Czech President Milos Zeman will not attend the parade in Moscow on May 9 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. It was stated by Jiri Ovchachek, a spokesman for the Czech president, Joinfo.ua reports.

Zeman will fly to Russia on May 8 in the evening and the next day he will "take part in the memorial ceremonies commemorating Soviet soldiers, who died in World War II." But the military parade on Red Square will be held without President of the Czech Republic, since he has a meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico scheduled for that time. Earlier, it was assumed that Zeman will take part in the parade.

Bohuslav Sobotka, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic approved President's decision. It should be noted that Milos Zeman's plans to go to Moscow parade has caused an outrage both on the part of far-right liberal parliamentary opposition, as well as on the part of the ruling center-left coalition. According to the Czech law, such trips of the president, as well as the expenses for them, must be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

"It is right that our president will honor the memory of the fallen in Russia, but avoid participating in the demonstration of Russian military power – in a situation, where these weapons contribute to destabilization of Ukraine," said Pavel Belobradek, the leader of the Christian Democratic Union.

Earlier, President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman officially confirmed that he had accepted Putin's invitation to come to the capital of the former Soviet empire for the parade.