Croatian president will not attend the military parade in Moscow

Croatian president will not attend the military parade in Moscow

Zagreb, April 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Marija Avramovic

At the military parade on May 9th in Moscow on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II Croatia will most likely be represented by its Ambassador in Russia Igor Pokaz, unofficial sources from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs claimed on Thursday.

Calls on the celebration of victory over fascism in Moscow have received the Heads of State participants of the antifascist coalition, but the most of the EU and other Western countries will boycott the celebration due to the interference of Russia in Ukraine’s crisis.

In Europe, however, not every country agrees with the boycott, so Czech President Milos Zeman announced that he would travel to Moscow, and it is expected that there could be high representatives  from Cyprus and Hungary.

In Moscow Serbia will, for example, be represented by President Tomislav Nikolic, while the Serbian army will participate in the parade.

Invitation for marking the Victory day was also sent to the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, but the ministry’s unofficial sources claim that Croatia will certainly be presented in Moscow, but most likely at the level of ambassador unless in the meantime there is some significant changes in Russian policy towards Ukraine.