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MOSCOW, May 9 (Itar-Tass) — Russia is conducting a persistent policy of global security strengthening, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as he addressed participants and guests of a traditional Victory Day parade on Red Square.
"Nazism, the most ominous and cynical force, was defeated 67 years ago, but no one has the right today to forget how that force came into being, matured and got pretty brazen in front the eyes of the whole world, how these barbarians harbored their plans to erase entire nations and to become the masters of fate of whole countries and continents."
"One must admitted once again today that the Nazis' aggressive intentions didn't get the frozen mitt on time while , the disunity of countries of the world, their reciprocal suspicions and ideological controntations made it impossible to avert World War II," he said.
"As a result, humankind paid too dire a price for this," Putin said. "But the only possible outcome took place eventually, as unversal responsibility and common resolve to suppress the evile forces raised the upper hand."
"A united anti-Hilter coalition stood out to fight with the enemy, and we pay tribute today to the states that made a huge contribution to the defeat of the common foe," Putin said.
"All of us have a duty today to remember why World War II broke out and to analyze its lessons because they are still very up-to-the-point," he said.
"What I'd like to stress today is that strict compliance with international norms, respect for state sovereignty and the independence of choice made by every nation is an undeniable guarantee against a repetition of the tragedies of that war at any one time in the future," Putin said.
“Russia has an indisputable right to press forward with its positions consistently,” Putin said. “It was this country that determined the course of events of the war and brought liberation to peoples across the world.”
"It did so after sustaining the heaviest blows delivered by the Nazis, by offering powerful resistance to them and going through the harshest possible trials," Putin said.
“Today’s young generations of Russians are the successors to those who won World War II, to the genuine soldiers of freedom,” he said.