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Putin to hold talks with UN chief; Indian, Vietnamese, Egyptian, Czech presidents

May 09, 2015, 3:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, May 9. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a number of bilateral meetings on Saturday with international leaders, who arrived in Moscow to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in WWII, Yury Ushakov, a Russian presidential aide, said.

The Russian leader will hold talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang, President of India Pranab Mukherjee, President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman, President of South Africa Jacob Zuma and President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, earlier said there would be no news conferences following Putin’s meetings with international leaders due to president’s tight schedule.

The anniversary parade in Moscow on May 9 will be one of the most massive events in the history of celebrations.

The parade will showcase 16,000 military servicemen marching, 194 units of military hardware and 143 combat aircraft.

A historic reconstruction is also planned for the parade. Some people will be dressed in uniforms of the times of the Great Patriotic War - infantrymen, sailors, pilots, sappers, cavalrymen and Cossacks.

Military units from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India, Mongolia, Serbia, China will participate in the parade.

Around 2,300 people have been invited to the Red Square for celebrations, including veterans from Russia and abroad.

According to official data, about 27 million Soviet citizens, including both civilians and servicemen, died in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941-1945.

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