Lithuanian diplomats on Monday paid tribute to the victims of World War Two in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad, but they will not watch Tuesday's military parade, the Foreign Ministry said.
Russia celebrates the May 9
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Remigijus Motuzas, Lithuania's ambassador to Russia, and members of staff of the diplomatic mission traditionally visited the Eternal Flame Memorial at the walls of the Kremlin in Moscow and laid a wreath of flowers with the Lithuanian national flag to pay tribute the war victims.

"This step is a sign of solidarity with the Russian nation, which was hit very hard by the war," the ambassador was quoted as saying in the ministry's press release.

Lithuanian diplomats also laid wreaths at the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St. Petersburg and at the Memorial to 1200 Guards in Kaliningrad.

Most Western European countries mark the end of World War Two on May 8. Russia celebrates May 9 as the Victory Day over Fascism with military parades and other festivities all across the nation.

Marking the anniversary of the end of World War Two is a controversial issue in Lithuania, which remained occupied by the Soviet Union after the war and experienced repressions, mass deportations to Siberia and forced collectivization.

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