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Latvia and Estonia to be represented at Victory Day celebrations in Moscow by ambassadors

April 27, 2015, 16:44 UTC+3 RIGA
Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square will become the largest one in Russia's contemporary history, Russia's Defense Minister said earlier
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A rehearsal of the upcoming 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow

A rehearsal of the upcoming 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow

© TASS/Marina Lystseva

RIGA, April 27. /TASS/. Latvia will be represented at the Victory Parade in Moscow on May 9 by its Ambassador to Russia Astra Kurme, Latvian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ivars Lasis told TASS on Monday.

"Latvia will be officially represented at the VE-Day celebrations in Moscow by Ambassador Astra Kurme," the spokesman said.

Earlier, Latvian President Andris Berzins took a decision not to take part in the Victory Day celebration in Moscow over the situation in Ukraine.

The press service of the Latvian president said Berzins would mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II in his country and would pay tribute to those killed during that war together with WWII veterans who had fought on both sides of the front.

Estonia will be represented at the Victory Parade in Moscow on May 9 by its Ambassador Juri Luik, the press service of the Estonian foreign ministry said on Monday.

The press service said the majority of European Union member states invited to take part in the VE-Day celebrations in Moscow would be represented by ambassadors. "Our country has taken a similar decision," the press service said, adding that participation of heads of state was seen as impossible on the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine.

Victory Day parade in Moscow

Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square will become the largest one in Russia's contemporary history, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier.

"More than 15,000 participants will be engaged in it, including the military from the Armed Forces of CIS member-states and foreign countries," he said. 

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