Leaders’ snub of Moscow victory parade ‘insult to soldiers’, says Russia

The decision of David Cameron and other European leaders to snub celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the end of Second World War in Moscow is an insult to the memory of Allied soldiers, a Russian official said on Monday.

Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the EU, said an “unseemly campaign” had been initiated by European politicians over the May 9 Victory Day parade, which is marked annually with great pomp and ceremony on Red Square.

The Prime Minister and the leaders of Poland, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have said they will not attend, while Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, has announced she will travel to Russia a day later and join Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.