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Moscow invites Obama for Victory Day celebrations

December 22, 2014, 16:21 UTC+3

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may also arrive in Moscow for the 70th Victory Day celebration

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US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama


MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. Moscow has invited US President Barack Obama to attend celebrations on the occasion of 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War as well as leaders of other countries in the anti-Hitler coalition, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told TASS.

“If I list all countries [to the leaders of which invitations were extended] I am afraid to miss something, but approximately invitations were sent on the list of the previous Victory anniversary,” the Kremlin official said.

“Naturally, all countries which participated in the anti-Hitler coalition are invited, this is clear which these countries are, in addition our closest allies as well as our partners, largest and most influential, including the BRICS states [the developing-nation grouping assembles Brazil, India, China, the Republic of South Africa along with Russia],” he noted, adding that “there is a large number of invited countries.”

The anti-Hitler coalition included the United States, Britain, China, France and several dozen other countries.

“Invitations are sent, I note that several countries gave an immediate response, some others are considering an invitation, but this is all right, because there is much time before festivities,” Ushakov added.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may attend the 70th Victory anniversary celebrations in Moscow. “First signals are given from Pyongyang that the North Korean leader plans to come to Moscow and attend celebrations,” he added.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov also confirmed to TASS that an invitation for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War was sent to the North Korean leader.

Russia will celebrate 70th Victory anniversary on May 9, 2015. According to the tradition, leaders of many countries are invited for festivities on the occasion of VEDay in Moscow. So, leaders of the U.S., Japan, France, Germany and China attended 60th Victory anniversary celebrations in the Russian capital.

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