France rescinds invitation to Russia to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

Events to mark the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy are scheduled for early June
Events to mark the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy are scheduled for early June

France has rescinded its decision to invite Russian representatives to the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy during World War II, Reuters reported on May 30, citing sources.

No Russian officials will be present at the commemorations.

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“When there is a person, there is a problem. When there is no person, there is no problem,” a source told Reuters.

The conditions for inviting Russia were not met, the Élysée Palace said, saying that Russia had intensified its war of aggression in recent weeks, European Pravda reported, citing AFP.

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Russia had been formally invited to the 80th anniversary, sources said on April 16. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, however, was not on the guest list.

Putin attended the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, but was absent five years ago.

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June 6, 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day - one of the most pivotal operations of World War II.

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