WASHINGTON TIMES — MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin looked on as the pride of his country’s modernized military machine swept across Red Square on Monday at the annual event to commemorate the Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II more than seven decades ago.
But the present was never far away from Mr. Putin’s mind as the tanks, missiles, planes and men filed past.
In a short speech that indirectly referenced worsening relations with the West, Mr. Putin described the Soviet Union’s military triumph as a “stern warning to those who might want to test our strength.”
He also hit out at what he said were the West’s “double standards” in supporting rebel groups in Syria that Moscow believes are terrorist organizations.
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