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Castro meets Putin in Moscow

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By Euronews
Castro meets Putin in Moscow

<p>Gearing up for Saturday’s Victory Day Parade Cuban President Raul Castro met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday.</p> <p>He will be one of only a few foreign dignitaries to attend the celebrations to mark 70 years since the <span class="caps">WWII</span> victory over the Nazis in 1945.</p> <p>The visit comes as Cuba and US thaw long frosty relations and Russia is seeking allies in Latin America.</p> <p>About 900km southeast of Moscow the German Foreign Minister visited the Battle of Stalingrad memorial. It was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in <span class="caps">WWII</span> and Soviet history. More than one million people are believed to have died in the fighting which marked a turning point in the conflict.</p> <p>Back in the Russian capital, rehearsals were underway for the elaborate commemorations on Saturday – 16,000 troops will be marching in the Red Square parade, along with hundreds of units of military machines.</p> <p>It will be a defiant show of military might to the world amid western condemnation of the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine.</p> <p>The real star of the show will be the cutting-edge Armata T-14 tanks, though they’re not yet to go into service until next year, Moscow is already boasting that they will be the most powerful in the world.</p>