Washington has had an indirect impact on the decision of the leaders of a number of States to refuse to be present at the Victory parade in the capital of Russia, was recognized as an official authorized state Department Marie Harf.
reporters asked Harf Direct question: is it true that Washington is not recommended that the heads of state and governments to participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Victory in the great Patriotic war? She replied evasively, repeating said in past meetings with the press: there are many ways to honor the Day of Victory in the European Union and on may 8 in the U.S. capital, and each country took its decision to take part in the Moscow celebrations on their own, reports RIA " Novosti ".
However afterward as present at the press conference reporters Harf reminded that the USSR lost the war about 25 million people, She said that North America is " deeply honor the memory of the victims "." But with specific regard to this military parade, we took into account what is happening in Ukraine and urge others also to take into consideration the same thing, " said Harf. She stressed once again that all countries have the opportunity to take on the expense of their decisions. Anyway the USA " clearly expressed its position ". Leader Vladimir Putin in the process of Direct line said that Russia respects the choice of every politician who decided not to come to the capital of Russia on the Victory Parade, But did not rule out that the choice of many influences " Washington regional Committee ". Remember, this year the head of some countries will not attend the festive event. So, to visit Moscow on may 9 did not want the U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Cameron D., head of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Finland, Montenegro, Croatia, as well as the premiere of the Netherlands and Norway. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also made the decision not to visit Moscow on may 9 to participate in the Victory parade. Media told that She does not want to " offend the Ukrainian government ". However in a press-service of the Chancellor stated that Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on may 10.