Kyrgyz leader misses Russian victory parade as aides contract COVID-19

Kyrgyz leader misses Russian victory parade as aides contract COVID-19

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov missed a World War Two victory parade in Moscow after two people who accompanied him on the flight to Moscow tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival, Reuters reported.

One of the members of his entourage who tested positive was Daniyar Sydykov, head of the foreign policy unit in the presidential administration. The second person was a guard, Jeenbekov’s office said.

Also absent from parade in Moscow was Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would have to mark his birthday in quarantine if he chose to attend.

The parade, marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, was postponed from May 9 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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