The head of Finland Sauli Niinist? did not want to come to the Russian capital on may 9 on the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war because of the conflict in Ukraine and tense international situation, informs television channel Yle.
Press Secretary Niinist? Lina is Aulin said television channel that the Russian leadership was informed of the decision of the Finnish leader, RIA " Novosti ". According to tradition in the Russian capital for the anniversary celebrations on the occasion of the Victory over fascism attracted the leaders of many countries. However, this year the head of some countries will not attend the festive event. So, to visit Moscow on 9 may not want the U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Cameron D., head of the European Council Donald Tusk, the presidents of Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Prime Minister of the Netherlands. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also decided not to visit Moscow on 9 may to participate in the Victory parade, in order " not to offend the Ukrainian government ". However, the press service of the Chancellor stated that Merkel will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on may 10.