Russian President Vladimir Putin considered the peak of the viral pandemic as over and called for the postponed parade for the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II for June 24.
Provided in principle for May 9, Due to the confinement it was replaced by modest commemorations: the passing of an aeronautical formation, a message from Putin at the grave of the unknown soldier and another before a military group in the Kremlin.
"We will do it on June 24, that day in 1945 the legendary and historic parade of the victors took place, when those soldiers who fought in the battle for Moscow and defended Leningrad, fought in Stalingrad, liberated Europe and took over the Red Square to the assault Berlin ”Putin said Tuesday.
A celebration on May 9 coincided with the peak of the viral outbreak, with 10,000 new infections every day and the inhabitants of most of the country confined.
On May 12, Russia began a prudent and variable lack of confidence depending on the region, but in Moscow, the main epidemic focus, the restriction measures will be maintained until the end of the month.
Putin said Tuesday that the situation related to the epidemic remains "generally stable in the country, in the regions and in the armed forces." And he said: "According to specialists, the peak can be considered as exceeded".
In a televised meeting, Putin ordered his Defense Minister Sergei Choigu to start preparations for the victory parade in Moscow and other cities in the country. “I order you to ensure the highest levels of safety during the preparations and the celebration of the stop. The risks for its participants must be minimized and, even better, excluded ”, he stressed.
The Third Reich surrendered to the allies in German territory on the night of May 8, 1945, but due to the time difference in Moscow it was already May 9, the date the Russians retained as the anniversary of the victory.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron were among those expected to attend the May 9 parade. The leaders of Kazakhstan and Moldova already confirmed their presence in June.
Russia recorded a double record on Tuesday, both in the number of deaths in 24 hours from COVID-19, or 174, and in the number of cures of this disease, more than 131,000.
In total, more than 362,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded, of which 3,807 were fatal. Russia ranks third in the world in terms of the number of infected people, after the United States and Brazil.
Putin even reappeared on Monday in the Kremlin, which he had abandoned at the height of the pandemic.
For reasons of health security, the Immortal Regiment, the march through the streets of Moscow and other cities in which the Russians carry the portraits of their relatives who fought in the war, It will take place on July 26, the day of the Russian Navy.
That same day, at Putin's order, the naval stop will also be held at the main bases of the Russian fleet. "The life, health and safety of people is for us, without a doubt, the fundamental value," he stressed.
Therefore, he warned that, if specialists do not consider it convenient, the march, in which the president himself traditionally participates with the portrait of his father, will be postponed again.
Putin has brought to the fore the weight of the contribution of the USSR to the Nazi defeat (there were 27 million Soviet deaths, almost half the deaths of all belligerents), and accuses Westerners of minimizing the role of the Soviets in the victory.
Russia's return to the international scene in recent years has been marked by the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea in 2014, espionage scandals and an intervention in Syria in 2015.
In addition to commemorating the victory over the Nazis, Russia had to postpone, due to the coronavirus, the constitutional revision vote that would allow Putin to potentially remain in power after completing his current term in 2024.
With information from AFP and EFE
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