Putin vows to "uphold international law" & "firmly protect national interests" at Red Square parade

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, Reuters reports.

The parade on Moscow's Red Square commemorating the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over its former ally, Nazi Germany, in World War Two featured over 12,000 troops.



The parade also featured more than 190 pieces of military hardware, including intercontinental ballistic missile launchers, and a fly-past by nearly 80 military aircraft under cloudy skies.

Putin, who has been in power as either president or prime minister since 1999, stood beside Soviet war veterans on a review platform set up on Red Square.

"Unfortunately there are once again attempts to deploy many things from the ideology of the Nazis, those who were obsessed with a delusional theory on their exclusiveness. And not only by all sorts of radicals and international terrorist groups," Putin said in what appeared to be a common denunciation of the West but what the Kremlin said was aimed at the rise of neo-Nazism in Europe.

"Russia will again and again uphold international law, but at the same time we will firmly protect national interests and ensure the security of our people."

Image: www.kremlin.ru

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