The leaders of the European Union will hardly attend the military parade in Beijing to be held in September to commemorate the end of World War II. It was stated by EU Ambassador in China, Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Reuters reports.
“I cannot speak for others, but I think it’s unlikely that top leaders from European Union institutions are going to attend,” Schweisgut said.
One of the reasons of the EU leaders’ refusal to go to Beijing for the parade is the presence of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and participation of the units of the Russian army.
In May, Xi Jinping visited parade in Moscow that was boycotted by the Western leaders due to the Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The Ambassador expressed his concern about how this parade may be perceived in the world.
“Is this going to be an event which is going to be the basis for a more peaceful region and world, or is it going to stir resentments which could go in the other direction?” the Ambassador asks.
China invited the leaders of several Western countries, but the leader of China Xi Jinping can stay on the podium only in the company of some western officials.