Leaders of Ukraine, Belarus, U.S., Britain no to attend V-Day celebration in Moscow: Kremlin

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Moscow. The leaders of Ukraine, Belarus, the United States and Britain will not attend the May 9 Victory Day celebration in Moscow, a Kremlin official said on Tuesday, Xinhua News Agency informed.

Vladimir Kozhin, head of the presidential property management administration, said that presidents of Ukraine and Belarus would attend a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) meeting on the eve of the Victory Day, but then they would return to participate in celebration events in their own countries.

Russian leadership understood their motives, Kozhin told the RIA Novosti news agency.

U.S. President Barack Obama will not be in Moscow for the event and British Prime Minister Gorden Brown declined the invitation for reasons connected with "parliamentary elections", he added.

The guest list had not yet been finalized, Kozhin stressed.


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