Nato troops have marched for the first time across Moscow’s Red Square as Russia marks the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.
While surveys suggest the majority of Russians support the celebrations, the opposition Communist party has spoken out against the break in tradition.
President Dmitry Medvedev addressed the crowd in the Russian capital.
“The lessons of WWII teach us solidarity. The world peace is fragile. Only together we can face current threats, only by being good neighbours can we solve problems of global security,” Medvedev said.
Officers from across the Nato alliance took part: Polish, British and American soldiers all marched through the Russian capital.
In what is being described as the largest display of Russia’s military might since the fall of the Soviet Union, 10,000 Russian troops, tanks, ballistic missiles and a fly-past of 127 aircraft were also involved in the parade.