The US Embassy in Moscow advised Americans not to attend May 9 parades

The embassy recalled the “existing tension” and the traditional presence of a large number of police officers at the events on the occasion of Victory Day

The US Embassy in Moscow warned Americans against participating in mass events on May 9.

such events saw an increased police presence. Given the existing tensions, US citizens are advised to avoid large mass gatherings, — reads a warning on the website of the diplomatic mission.

The embassy advised Americans to “look around”, “be on the lookout for places where tourists and citizens of Western countries often stay”, always carry a passport with a valid Russian visa and have an emergency plan “not relying on the help of the US government.”

On May 9, parades in honor of the 77th anniversary of the Victory will be held in Russian cities. Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak at the military parade in Moscow, he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This year's parade will be held in full format. The Ministry of Defense reported that 11,000 military personnel, 131 combat vehicles, 77 aircraft and helicopters will take part in it.

Foreign leaders were not invited to the parade. The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov explained this by the fact that the date this year is not an anniversary. Peskov called May 9 “a sacred day, the main holiday” for Russians.

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