Uzbek president skips Moscow May 9 parade
Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov is not planning to attend the May 9 Victory Day military parade on Moscow's Red Square.
Uzbekistan is going to widely celebrate the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, having planned public events to be attended by that country's president, the Uzbek Noviy Vek weekly reported with reference to Karimov's press service.
"The head of state will take the most active part in these events," a representative of the Uzbek president's press service said.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan also decided not to attend the Moscow May 9 parade. Turkey will be represented by that country's ambassador to Russia. The Turkish side did not disclose the reasons behind the decision.
Invitations to attend the Moscow parade were sent to 68 heads of state and high-ranking officials from international organizations, and only about 20 of them confirmed their plans to come to Moscow. Among them are President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of Cuba Raul Castro, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.