For the first time since 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin was not invited to the celebration of the anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944, which is also known as Overlord Operation. This is reported by Ukrinform.
“For the first time since 2004, (when the 60th anniversary of D-Day was celebrated) president Putin was not invited to the event,” the report said.
Putin participated in the events on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014, after the occupation of Crimea and the beginning of the aggression against Ukraine.
As the UK government informs, in addition to the British side, representatives of other states participating in the Normandy operation - the USA, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Poland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic will take part in the high-level events. Germany is also invited.
The main celebrations will be held in the English port city of Portsmouth and on the French Normandy coast. They will be attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, who will pay a state visit to the United Kingdom on June 3-5.
The organizers of the event intend to pay special attention to honoring the veterans who participated in the events of 1944.
The operation on the landing of Allied troops in the north of France began on June 6, 1944, and lasted until July 1. About 160 thousand soldiers of the Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed in Normandy, marking the beginning of the defeat of Nazi Germany. "Overlord" is the largest naval amphibious operation in the history of the Second World War.