The head of the state Council of Cuba Raul Castro will be in the capital of Russia in the events in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Victory, said the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko.
"We expect in the capital of Russia the head of the state Council of Cuba Raul Castro, who will come for a Victory parade," said the Senator.
She expressed hope that the meeting of heads of Russia and Cuba will provide an opportunity to promote bilateral relations between the two countries in all areas, reports RIA " Novosti ". 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. 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 ". Later official authorized state Department Marie Harf acknowledged that Washington was indirectly influenced the decision of the leaders of a number of countries to waive presence at the Victory parade in the Russian capital.