At a meeting with reporters, Dmitry Peskov said that the meeting of the CIS leaders would be held in Moscow on May 8, but President Petro Poroshenko would not be present at the meeting, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.
"We are not expecting Poroshenko to come," said the press secretary of the Russian Federation.
According to him, not all the presidents of the CIS will participate in this meeting since "it does not fit everyone's schedule." "We call it an informal meeting of the CIS heads of state, and it will take place," said Peskov.
He said that all the presidents were invited, but "of course, everything depends on the desire of heads of state." "Those, who will come to the celebration, will take part in this meeting, which is held on the occasion of the celebration of the Victory Day," said Peskov.
In addition, according to Peskov, French President Francois Hollande will not come to Moscow too. "Hollande's visit is not scheduled, as far as we know, he has other trips, so this visit was not planned," said the representative of the Kremlin.
It should be recalled that the CIS comprises Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenstan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. At the same time, Ukraine is de jure not a member state of the CIS, as it has not ratified the charter of the organization, even though it belongs to the founder states and the member states of the Commonwealth.
As it is well known, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti, and President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili announced their refusal to participate in the Moscow parade on May 9.