New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will fly to Moscow for a three-day visit starting from Monday to participate in the grand military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Germany in the Second World War.
“Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will pay a visit to Moscow to attend the victory parade on June 24 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
The parade was actually scheduled on May 9, but was postponed due to the coornavirus pandemic.
“The visit of the defence minister will strengthen the longstanding special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia,” the ministry said.
The Indian marching contingent will be led by a major rank officer of the gallant Sikh Light Infantry Regiment. The regiment had fought with valour in the Second World War and has distinction of earning four battle honours and two military cross amongst other gallantry awards, as per PTI report.
The Indian team will participate in the parade alongside armed forces personnel from at least 11 countries including China.
“The Indian participation in the victory day parade will be a mark of tribute to the great sacrifices made by Russia and other nations in the Second World War in which Indian soldiers also participated and made supreme sacrifice,” the ministry said.