But after one of the attending reporters mentioned the 25 million people the Soviet Union lost during WW2, Marie Harf said, “this is something we feel very deeply about. But for this military parade specifically, which is one – one event, we took into account what was happening in Ukraine and we are encouraging other countries to take the same thing into account.”
“They can make their own decisions about who they send, and it’s not up to us to make – to pass judgment on that. It’s their decision. We’re just making clear what our position is and that we hope they would consider the same,” Marie Harf added.
She had earlier said that at the military parade specifically in Moscow on May 9, the United States would be represented by Ambassador John Tefft.