The Victory Parade in Moscow on May 9 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, will take place without the participation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the North Korean news agency KCNA.
The Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-nam will attend the parade instead of the head of the DPRK.
April 30, the Kremlin reported that the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un would not be able to visit Moscow on May 9 and take part in the events marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Fatherland War. "Kim Jong-un decided to stay in Pyongyang, he can not be present. His decision has something to do with his interKorean affairs," said the Kremlin's press spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
It should be noted that the list of the world leaders refusing to participate in the May 9 parade in Russia is increasing. Thus, these include U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the presidents of Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Georgia, Moldova, Finland, Bulgaria, Montenegro and others.
At the same time, the president of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman officially confirmed that he accepted Putin's invitation to come to the capital of the former Soviet empire for the parade. Later, however, he informed that he would not attend the parade.