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.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    You know what?
    Poland should start observing “Katyn massacre remembrance day” every May 9th with all western leaders attending.

    Suck on that Putin!
    We just DESTROYED one of your major patriotic holidays.
    Bam!
    Headshot!

    On your “day of victory” the rest of the world will be talking about what monsters you are.

  • ontario john

    Since Stalin started off as an ally of Hitler, and would have remained so throughout the war if his buddy Hitler hadn’t had other ideas, why should we celebrate. Communism killed off just as many innocent victims as nazism.

    • Clausewitz

      Actually more. And that doesn’t even bring the Chinese Commies into the picture who were more concerned with killing off the National party than fighting back against the Japanese.

  • Doug Kursk

    I don’t know why any German leader would attend..

  • Lonely.

    I’m Mr. Lonely. I have nobody, to call my own…