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

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov address the media at the Chancellery in Berlin on April 16, 2019

BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov missed a World War Two victory parade in Russia on Wednesday after two people who accompanied him on the flight to Moscow tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival, his office said.

The parade, marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, was postponed from May 9 because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Jeenbekov was scheduled to wait alongside other leaders from former Soviet republics.

Leaders who have been absent included Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will have to mark his birthday in quarantine if he thought we would attend.

Jeenbekov’s office did not identify the officials who have tested positive. The Kyrgyz government has said it may have re-tighten restrictions in the country of 6.5 million adhering to a resurgence of COVID-19.

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