Montenegrin President declined Moscow’s invitation to Victory Parade


Montenegrin President Filip Vujanović declined Moscow’s invitation to participate in the Victory parade in Red Square on May 9. According to the press service of the President, Vujanović will visit the celebration event dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the liberation from fascism, which will be held in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica.

The report says the organizer of celebrations in Podgorica is the Coordinating Committee, appointed by Vujanović. It is known that the celebration will be held at the capital’s main square - Republic Square. The Head of State plans to make a speech there.

According to RIA Novosti, earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated Vujanović had confirmed his participation in the Victory Day celebration in Moscow.

Earlier it was reported that the invitation to the Kremlin had been refused by Presidents of Poland, Finland, Israel, Bulgaria, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Moreover, Prime Ministers of Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will not go to Moscow. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had also declined the invitation to the Russian capital, but she intends to come to Moscow a day later, on May 10.

At the same time Russian Presidential Administration Head Sergey Ivanov said the leaders of 25 states and several international organizations confirmed their preliminary participation in the Victory Parade in Red Square. “I can’t announce the final number, because nobody knows it. Some foreign leaders are still thinking, and we will be able to give the detailed information only at the beginning of May, and we’ll do it,” he said.

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