Leaders of 27 states, heads of UN, UNESCO to visit Moscow on May 8-10

Twenty seven presidents and prime ministers have confirmed their participation in the Moscow celebrations of the 70th Victory Day anniversary on May 8-10, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said

Twenty seven presidents and prime ministers have confirmed their participation in the Moscow celebrations of the 70th Victory Day anniversary on May 8-10, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

The heads of the UN and UNESCO have also confirmed their participation in the celebrations, he said.

In particular, the leaders of Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mongolia, North Korea (at the level of chairman of the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly Presidium), Palestine, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Ossetia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe (also chairman of the African Union) will come, he said.

"This means 27 heads of state and governments. Moreover, heads of a number of international organizations, in particular UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, will participate," Ushakov said.

"In addition to aforementioned leaders, honorary guests who will be sent by relevant heads of states will attend the celebrations," he said. In particular, Winston Churchill's grandson who is a British MP will come from the United Kingdom. Foreign ministers of France, Italy and Monaco, as well as some other countries, and defense ministers of several countries are expected to come, he said.

Asked about which foreign leaders will not attend the May 9 parade, Ushakov said that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who "will have rather large-scale celebrations in Minsk, just as German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be absent, Czech President Milos Zeman and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

"The UN secretary general will attend the parade," Ushakov said.

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