Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu invited US Defense Secretary Mark Esper to go to the upcoming Victory Day parade in Moscow. The 75th-anniversary occasion has been postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The uncommon invitation was made on Tuesday, when the 2 officers held telephone talks, Russia’s Defense Ministry revealed in an announcement.
While the Red Square parade marking the victory over Nazi Germany is historically held on May 9, it has been postponed this 12 months, owing to the coronavirus state of affairs. Instead, the parade can be held on June 24 – the date on which the unique Victory Day parade was held again in 1945.
It stays unclear whether or not Esper will truly attend, because the Russian army haven’t but stated whether or not or not he has accepted the invitation. No official phrase on this matter has but been forthcoming from the Pentagon both.
Apart from the upcoming celebrations, the 2 army chiefs mentioned measures to “de-conflict and stabilize the situation in Syria, as well as to ensure the security of military contingents in Afghanistan and other regions of the world.” Shoigu and Esper additionally talked about arms management and US-Russia cooperation in combating coronavirus.
“The Russian side has expressed concerns over the US’ consistent destruction of international arms control treaties, including the Open Skies Treaty,” the ministry stated.
While US-Russia relations have been moderately strained over the previous few years, the 2 nations confirmed some willingness to cooperate on motion to finish the pandemic. For instance, Moscow and Washington have equipped one another with the medical provides and gear wanted to struggle the illness.
The US is the worst coronavirus-affected nation on the planet, with greater than 1.eight million instances having to this point been recorded, together with greater than 107,000 deaths. Russia has been badly hit by the pandemic as properly – it has recorded over 420,000 instances, with greater than 5,000 folks having succumbed to the illness.
Worldwide, greater than 6.four million folks have been contaminated by the lethal virus, and nearly 380,000 have died from Covid-19.
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