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By Euronews
Russia marks Victory Day

<p>There was no shortage of military might on show in Moscow on Monday as Russia marked the 71st anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II</p> <p>As ever, thousands lined the capital’s Red Square to celebrate the occasion. </p> <p>Columns of troops and tanks took party in the parade, as did Russia’s advanced S-400 air defence missile system. </p> <p>Meanwhile, in a hint at Russia’s present day strategy, President Vladimir Putin used the event to call for a new international alliance to defeat current global threats. </p> <p>‘‘History teaches us that peace in our world doesn’t happen on its own. Once again today we face unparalleled cruelty and violence. Terrorism has become a global menace and we must beat it. Russia is ready to use its power with other states to create an international security system outside the traditional blocks,’‘ he said. </p> <p>Despite such offers of cooperation, Russia’s relationship with the West remains as complicated as ever. </p> <p>Last week, the Kremlin accused <span class="caps">NATO</span> of trying to destabilise the Caucasus. It also announced it would reinforce its western and southern flanks with three new divisions by the end of the year.</p>