"Russia consistently defends international law, but we will also strongly defend our national interests, ensure the security of our people. This is reliably guaranteed by the heroic Russian armed forces, [1945.gada] the heirs of the victorious soldiers, "Putin said.
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He also said that "today we are seeing an unfinished sentence [vienibu dalibnieku] and the gatherings of their followers, the attempts to rewrite history, to justify traitors and criminals, on whose hands the blood of hundreds of thousands of peaceful people. "
Later, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained that what Putin said also applies to the Baltic states and Ukraine.
"It is no secret that more and more neo-Nazis are raising their heads in European countries, and Europeans are fighting them. Of course, this is unacceptable to our country. In Ukraine, in some Baltic countries, we really see the same neo-Nazis," Peskov said.
More than 12,000 soldiers and 190 military units, as well as 76 military planes and helicopters, took part in the military parade in Moscow on Sunday.
Relations between Russia and the West have worsened recently. Russian diplomats expelled from the West in connection with the organization of espionage espionage, theUnited Statesand the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia in connection with the repression of opposition Alexei Navalny. Tensions have also recently escalated over Russia's concentration of troops on Ukraine's borders.
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