Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has invited U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper to a military parade in Moscow later this month, the Defense Ministry says. The Russian ministry said Shoigu made the invitation during a telephone conversation on June 2, without saying whether Esper had accepted it. The June 24 parade on Moscow’s Red Square is to mark the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. Russia traditionally holds the parade on May 9, but the grand celebration was postponed over the coronavirus pandemic that is still triggering thousands of new infections each day.
Source: Russia invites US Defense Secretary Esper to Moscow military parade