Moscow, May 9 (EFE).- Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Sunday stressed the protection of his country’s interests and the security of the Russian people on the 76th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.
During a large military parade marking the event, Putin warned that Russia would not show forgiveness to those who are again nurturing “aggressive plans.”
“Russia is consistently safeguarding international law. At the same time, we will firmly safeguard our national interests and ensure the security of our people,” he said during a speech.
World War II “brought about so many unbearable ordeals, grief, and tears that this cannot be forgotten,” added Putin.
The Russian leader’s comments come at a time when relations with the United States and other European nations are at their lowest point in years, with rafts of sanctions imposed and diplomats expelled.
The 68-year-old president warned against attempts to falsify history, and attempts to justify the actions of “traitors and criminals.”
Putin underlined that Russia would always remember the feat of the Soviet people who fought against and defeated Hitler’s Germany.
More than 12,000 soldiers, over 190 military units, and 76 helicopters and airplanes participated in the military parade in Moscow’s Red Square.
The vast majority of the parade participants had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to authorities.EFE