No plans for UK's Cameron to attend Russia's WW2 commemoration: spokeswoman

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 8:20 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has no plans to attend an official ceremony in Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, his official spokeswoman said on Thursday, citing diplomatic concerns.

"We will be considering our representation in light of our ongoing discussion with Russia, our concerns about their activities, so I don't think we have plans for the Prime Minister to attend," the spokeswoman told reporters.

Tensions over the crisis in Ukraine have chilled diplomatic relations between London and Moscow, and earlier this week Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Russia could pose the greatest threat to British national security.

The Moscow ceremony is scheduled to take place two days after a close national election in Britain, making it unlikely that Cameron would have been able to attend even if relations were warmer.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Andrew Osborn)