Putin critiques military would possibly amid tensions with West

Moscow, May 9

President Vladimir Putin reviewed Russia’s traditional World War Two victory parade on Sunday, a patriotic display of raw military power that this year coincides with soaring tensions with the West.

‘Nazi ideology alive’

  • Russian President says there are attempts to deploy many things from Nazi ideology
  • Kremlin vows to uphold the international law while keeping in mind the national interests
  • Moscow says the build-up was a training exercise in response to activities of the NATO and Ukraine

The parade on Moscow’s Red Square commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two featured over 12,000 troops and more than 190 pieces of military hardware. “Russia will uphold international law,” he said. This year’s parade comes at a time when Moscow’s relations with the West are strained over issues ranging from the conflict in Ukraine to the fate of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny. — Reuters

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