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MOSCOW, January 10 (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will head the Russian delegation in the so-called "Unity Rally" slated for January 11 in dedication to those who were killed during the terrorist acts this week in Paris, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website Saturday.
“Representatives of various French political forces as well as foreign states will participate in the event. The Russian delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,” the statement reads.
The "Unity Rally", or “Republican March”, will be held in Paris on Sunday in honor of the victims of the latest terrorist acts on January 7-9 in Paris. It is expected that more than a million people will participate in the march, including the heads of a number of states, as well as political, social and religious leaders.
In the recent days France has seen a series of terror attacks.
On Wednesday, two gunmen killed 12 people and injured 11 in the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine, known for its satirical approach toward Islam. Following a nationwide manhunt, the suspects, identified as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, were killed by French police on Friday.
During a Thursday's shootout in Montrouge, a suburb of Paris, a female police officer was killed. The French Prosecutor's Office classified the incident as a terrorist attack. The police reportedly said the shooting was linked with the Charlie Hebdo onslaught.
The Montrouge shooter, identified as Amedy Coulibaly, took as many as 15 hostages and opened fire on Friday in a kosher food supermarket located in eastern Paris. The gunman shot four hostages dead before being killed by the police.
Several leaders including Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi are going to participate in the Republican March.
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