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Germany's Merkel to attend V-Day celebrations in Moscow

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend a Victory Day Parade on Moscow's Red Square on May 9, a German government spokesman said on Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend a Victory Day Parade on Moscow's Red Square on May 9, a German government spokesman said on Friday.

"Federal Chancellor Merkel will travel to Moscow on May 8 to take part in celebrations for the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II," Christoph Steegmans told journalists in Berlin, adding that the Chancellor was invited to the celebrations by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Large-scale military parades are held on Red Square on May 9 every year to commemorate Russia's victory over the Nazis in World War II. This year foreign troops will participate in the parade for the first time.

The first parade in Moscow took place on June 22, 1945, marking the end of the war that claimed some 55 million lives.

Other world leaders are also expected in Moscow for the Victory Day Parade. However, a Kremlin official said on Tuesday the leaders of Ukraine, Belarus, the United States and Britain will not attend the parade.

BERLIN, April 30 (RIA Novosti)