Russia Flexes Military Muscle for Georgia
9 May 09 | PTV
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says his army would deliver a crushing response to any attack on the country amid mounting tension with NATO-aspirant Georgia.
“We are sure that any aggression against our citizens will be given a worthy reply,” Medvedev said during a military parade which marked the 64th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
“Our victory over fascism is a great example and a great lesson to all nations, a lesson which is still topical today, when people are again starting military adventures,” he said in an allusion to the five-day war with Georgia last August which soured Russia-NATO relations.
Medvedev’s remarks come after NATO announced its final decision to hold military war games with Georgia this week.
“Protecting the motherland is our holy duty, it is a moral foundation for all generations,” said Medvedev. “The future of Russia will be peaceful, happy and successful.”
The parade included a show of heavy tanks, including the main T-90 battle tank and the Sprut self-propelled anti-tank gun driving around the Red Square.
Russian missile systems, including the S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, the short range Iskander-M and the medium-range Buk were also seen in the parade.
The nuclear-capable Topol intercontinental ballistic missile, which has a range of more than 10,000 km (6,500 miles), were also put on display as fighter jets flew over the sky of Moscow.
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