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Published: Saturday May 10, 2014 MYT 12:35:03 AM
Updated: Saturday May 10, 2014 MYT 12:56:43 AM

EU criticises Putin for attending Crimea military parade

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin for attending a military parade in Crimea on Friday, saying he should not use the commemoration of victory in World War Two to showcase Russia's annexation of the region.

"The European Union notes with regret the presence of President Vladimir Putin at a military parade ... in Sebastopol, Crimea," Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said.

"An important day in our shared history, dedicated to honouring the enormous sacrifices and giving remembrance to the millions of dead in the Second World War, should not have been instrumentalised to give visibility to the illegal annexation of Crimea," she said.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by John O'Donnell)

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