Alexander Lukashenkoon: Valeriy Melnikov/ RIA Novosti
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko explained why did not attend the Victory parade in Moscow. According to him, there is no politics and conspiracy, BelTA has learned.
According to Lukashenka, in Russia, he was not invited. He also recalled that the may 9 parade held in Minsk, “it would be difficult to separate these activities.” “May 9 is a single Victory, the Belarusians celebrate it in their own country, like the Russians themselves, in different cities — from Vladivostok to Moscow,” — said Lukashenko.
Military parade dedicated to the 74th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war, was held in Moscow on the morning of 9 may. It was attended by 13 thousand people, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin visited the first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.
At the end of April, the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that invitations to foreign leaders to send will not. “Any special invitation has not been in the past year. Usually purposefully invited foreign leaders for the anniversary events,” he said.
Last year the honorary guests of the parade were the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2017, the parade, invited the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, in 2016, the ceremony was Nursultan Nazarbayev, who then held the post of the President of Kazakhstan, and in 2015 among the guests of the event were UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon and Chinese President XI Jinping. In the same year, Lukashenko declared about his refusal to come to Moscow. He also explained that the need to take the parade in Minsk.
2015 was the year of jubilee, then was celebrated the 70th anniversary of the victory. For various reasons, from a visit to Moscow and participation in the celebrations then refused the leaders of many countries, including the presidents of Poland, Finland, South Korea, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
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