Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to attend the Victory parade in Moscow June 24. This was stated by the Advisor of the Department of Europe the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan, Hideki Uyama, said on June 19 the Agency Kyodo.
Oyama added that Japanese Prime Minister will miss the parade in Moscow because of the need to focus on outbreak response COVID-19 in Japan.
Originally it was planned that Abe will attend the celebration of may 9 Victory and in the course of this journey will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but because of the epidemic of the coronavirus , it was moved on 24 June.
The Russian authorities sent invitations to the event dedicated to the 75-th anniversary of the Victory to many foreign leaders and representatives of international organizations. Their participation in the may 9 parade, in particular, confirmed the presidency of France, Czech Republic, Serbia, Bulgaria and several former Soviet countries, as well as the UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres.