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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Belarusian President is expected to arrive in Russia on May 8 in order to participate in an informal Commonwealth of Independent States meeting.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to arrive in Russia on May 8 in order to participate in an informal Commonwealth of Independent States meeting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    “We are expecting [Lukashenko]. This summit will be on the 8th [of May],” Peskov told journalists.

    Earlier, Lukashenko said that he would celebrate Victory Day on May 9 in Minsk where the country will commemorate the end of World War II.

    On May 9, extensive celebrations are planned in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's capitulation.

    Leaders from at least 25 states, including North Korea's Kim Jong Un, have accepted invitations to attend the events. A full list of participants is expected to be announced by the end of April.

    Many European leaders have declined invitations to join the Victory Day events, citing Russia's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.


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