CM – Putin vows to defend Russian interests amid growing tensions with the West

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Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed the country’s World War II Victory Parade on Sunday amid tensions with the West – when he vowed Moscow would « firmly » defend national interests.

« The Soviet people did He kept his holy oath, defended the homeland and freed the countries of Europe from the black plague, « reported the Führer to thousands of troops and veterans amassed on Red Square. « Russia consistently defends international law. » At the same time, we will vigorously defend our national interests to ensure the security of our people, ”he added, as recent tensions between the Kremlin and the West over the conflict in Ukraine and a series of espionage scandals in Europe brought back memories of the US Cold War.

Putin also denounced what he called a creeping return of the ideologies of the time, when « slogans of racial and national superiority, anti-Semitism and Russophobia became more and more cynical ».

At the parade on More than 12,000 soldiers as well as about 190 pieces of military equipment and 76 military aircraft took part on Sunday. « Unfortunately, there are again attempts to get many things out of the ideology of the Nazis, who were obsessed with a delusion about their exclusivity, » said the Russian Leader.

This year’s parade, which precedes the September general election, will take place at a time in Moscow’s relations with the West are heavily strained on issues ranging from the conflict in Ukraine to the fate of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Washington and Moscow have expelled each other’s diplomats in a series of retaliatory measures over the past few months. Moscow and EU member states have had a similar diplomatic dispute.

This year’s Victory Day was the second during the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia has lifted almost all measures to limit the spread of the deadly insect, although mass gatherings are still banned in most regions.

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