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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Vladimir Putin calls for non-bloc security at Victory Day military parade

Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day parade (AP)
Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day parade (AP)

Russia wants to help build an international security system that transcends military blocs, president Vladimir Putin said at the annual Victory Day military parade in Red Square.

Putin's short speech on Monday also warned against "unacceptable double standards that shortsightedly indulge those who are nurturing new criminal plans".

He made no specific claims, but both the accusation of double standards and the call for a "non-bloc system of international security" echo Russia's frequent criticism of the West and the Nato alliance.

The hour-long parade, in which military equipment including the advanced Armata tank and the Yars ICBM launcher lumbered across the square in Moscow, concluded with a flyover by dozens of military aircraft from helicopters to long-range bombers.

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