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Finland's president to skip Victory Day parade in Moscow

March 25, 2015, 16:42 UTC+3 HELSINKI
The Ukrainian conflict and international situation are cited as the reason for the president's refusal to take part in the celebrations
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Finland's President Sauli Niinisto

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto

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HELSINKI, March 25. /TASS/. Finland's President Sauli Niinisto has no plans to attend the Moscow celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War on May 9, the Finnish Telegraph Bureau reported on Wednesday.

The bureau quoted the president's office as saying that "the Ukrainian conflict and international situation" were the causes for Niinisto's refusal to take part in the celebrations.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week that 26 heads of state, including the leaders of India, South Africa, Mongolia, Vietnam. Cuba and North Korea, have already confirmed they will attend the celebrations in Moscow.

"Invitations to the celebrations were sent to 68 heads of state, as well as the UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe and EU chiefs," Lavrov said.

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