It would be a "pity" if Putin marked May 9 in Crimea: Merkel

7 May 2014 08:52
(QHA) -

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it would be a "pity" if Russian President Vladimir Putin went to Crimea for a military parade to mark the country's victory in World War Two.

Merkel was asked by a journalist about reports that Putin planned to be in Crimea for the commemoration of the end of the Second World War, RFE/RL reports.

Merkel said May 9 was an important date for Russia to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany but she added, "I think it is a shame if such a day is used to hold a parade in such an area of conflict."

Russian media reported in April that Putin could attend the May 9 in Sevastopol, where Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based.

Russia annexed Crimea in March following Crimean referendum, still the annexation is not recognized by European community and Kyiv.