Russia postpones Victory Day celebrations

Russia postpones Victory Day celebrations
Putin holds video-conference meeting, sitting at Novo-Ogaryovo, suburban residence of Russian President, on April 16. (Screenshot Rossiyskaya Gazeta)

Russia has decided to postpone all planned massive events for Victory Day celebration due to the spread of COVID-19.

This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the videoconference meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council on Thursday.

"The risks associated with the epidemic, the peak of which will not pass (by May 9), are still extremely high, and this does not give me the right to begin preparations for the parade and other mass events," he said.

When the novel coronavirus threat recedes, the Russian president said, the Red Square parade and the Immortal Regiment procession to mark the 75th anniversary of Russia's victory in the Great Patriotic War will certainly take place later this year.

Putin noted that the date May 9 for Russia will forever remain Victory Day and we are not talking about postponing the date of the celebration.

He also emphasized that it is the day of unity for all Russians and it gives Russia new powers to overcome all kinds of difficulties and trials.

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