Russia-US Rapprochement Possible As Trump Mooted To Attend 75th Anniversary Victory Day In Moscow
An easing of Russia-United States relations may be on the cards as Presidents Putin and Trump met on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan.
Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov said “We invited the US president to attend the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War on May 9th next year. The US president reacted very positively.”
Russia (then part of the Soviet Union) and the United States were allies during WWII. The Soviet Union suffered a huge amount of casualties during the conflict, with estimates varying between 8-11 million dead, roughly 5% of the entire population of the time, and by far the largest number of casualties globally. To date just President Clinton has attended the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow, on their 50th anniversary in 1995.
Victory Day is one of the most important celebrations in Russia, commemorating those who died and the defeat of Fascism. Nearly every family still today in Russia has memories of someone who died; attending it would be a strong sign of solidarity with the Russian people, and inevitably spark hopes of a return to normalization in diplomatic relations. The date is also close to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) which raises the question of President Trump also being invited as a Keynote Speaker. This year, China’s President Xi Jinping fulfilled the role.
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