Putin’s speech at the Victory Day in Russia


MOSCA – “Do everything possible so that the horror of a global war does not repeat itself”. The message does not climb the scale of threats Vladimir Putin that many expected different for the 77th anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany. In an international context devastated by the war in Ukraine, Putin certainly presented no conciliatory tones, but less frightening than expected. “Despite all the disagreements in international relations, Russia has always supported the creation of an equal and indivisible security system, a system that is vital for the entire world community,” Putin said in his speech on Red Square, where the chimes of the Spasskaya Tower clock kicked off the May 9 parade.

No proclamations, especially no catastrophic announcements of total war. Nor did the passage of the aviation over Red Square at the end of the parade, with a formation of the Mig in the shape of the Latin letter “Z”, by now a symbol of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Officially the weather conditions did not allow it. While a powerful hacker attack knocked out Rutube and much of the broadcasting of Russian national channels via the web on the morning of V-Day.

In his 11-minute speech, Putin evoked the memory of Soviet heroism in World War II to spur his army to victory in Ukraine. He has repeatedly compared the war in Ukraine to the challenge the Soviet Union faced against Adolf Hitler in 1941.

“The NATO countries did not want to listen to us”

Addressing the troops deployed on Red Square, Putin also condemned what he called external threats to weaken and divide Russia, and repeated familiar arguments he had already used to justify his invasion: the risk of an “invasion” of Crimea. , annexed by Russia in 2014. “In Kiev they had announced the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons,” said Putin.

“The defense of the Fatherland, when its fate has been decided, has always been sacred,” Putin said, addressing the military: “you are fighting for our people in Donbass, for the safety of our Fatherland”.

“Our duty is to preserve the memory of those who crushed Nazism,” Putin said. «Russia has always supported the creation of an equal and indivisible security system» but according to Putin «the NATO countries did not want to listen to us, which means that, in reality, they had other plans and it shows». Finally, note the dig at US allied countries, defined as “satellites”, willing “to swallow everything”. (by Cristina Giuliano)


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