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World Putin: Trump Visit to Moscow for Military Parade Would Be ‘Right Step’

01:45  15 november  2019
01:45  15 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be a “ right step ” if U.S. counterpart Donald Trump accepts his invitation to attend the upcoming May 9 military parade in Red Square commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Putin and Trump have offered each other cautious praise in recent weeks. Following the death of Islamic State ( IS , formerly ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month, Trump thanked the Russian military for Putin in turn paid tribute on Thursday to the work of the US military in defeating IS .

(Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be a “right step” if U.S. counterpart Donald Trump accepts his invitation to attend the upcoming May 9 military parade in Red Square commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference after the BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil November 14, 2019.  Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.© Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a news conference after the BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil November 14, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

“The presence of the leader of a country which made a major contribution to the fight against Nazism at a ceremony marking the end of World War II, even amid a pre-election campaign, would be a right step,” Putin told reporters in Brasilia on Thursday on the sidelines of a summit of BRICS leaders from Russia, India, China, Brazil and South Africa.

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Mueller fans are probably shaking in their boots, as Donald Trump “responded very positively” to an invitation to come to Moscow for the 75th anniversary of victory in the World War II, Putin ’s aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters during the G20 summit in Osaka.

The military parade and flyby in Moscow signaled the start of a nationwide series of such events, an annual commemoration of Smaller parades were held across the country and at a Russian military base in Syria. After the solemn, lock- step formality of events in Red Square, hundreds of thousands

The Russian leader also warned that the overthrow of Bolivia’s socialist president, Evo Morales, and the chaos that it has sparked reminded him of events in Libya following the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

“There’s practically no functioning government, there’s no direct foreign intervention, but the country is on the verge of chaos,” he said, describing the events as “a worrying signal” for the wider Latin American region. Putin added, though, that he hopes that new authorities in Bolivia will maintain ties with Russia.

Speaking about the conflict in Ukraine, Putin welcomed the recent pullback of some forces but called for withdrawing all opposing sides from the line of hostilities. He also stressed the need to extend a temporary law on local self-government in Ukraine’s disputed Donbas region that expires at the end of the year.

If this doesn’t happen, a planned summit of leaders from France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine aimed at cementing efforts to resolve the five-year conflict between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian army won’t make sense, he said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net;Stepan Kravchenko in Brasilia at skravchenko@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at gwhite64@bloomberg.net, Robert Jameson

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