French FM to attend Moscow WWII victory celebrations

Updated: 2015-05-07 10:25


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PARIS - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on Wednesday that he will go to Moscow on Saturday to participate in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II.

"I will put a wreath and then I will go to the Kremlin," the French top diplomat on Wednesday told the radio Europe 1, stating that he will not attend the parade at Red Square.

Since French President Francois Hollande will be visiting Cuba during the same period, "We wish to be represented at a ministerial level," said Fabius.

"It is history. The Russians lost tens of millions of people in the war and history doesn't change the fact," affirmed the French foreign minister.

The vast majority of Western leaders, allies of the former USSR during the World War II, declined the invitation from Moscow over the situation in east Ukraine.