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Parade crew of Suvorov Military School on the military parade devoted to the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

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AT THE start of the meeting with Putin, Netanyahu - who began the day by standing alongside the Russian president at the massive military parade on Moscow's Red Square commemorating the anniversary of the victory over the Third Reich - drew comparisons between the Nazis and the current Iranian regime.

Putin reviewed the parade from a tribune packed with Soviet war veterans, some of whom wore rows of campaign medals and clutched red roses.

The authorities, backed by state media, use the event to boost patriotic feeling and show the world and potential buyers of military hardware how a multi-billion dollar modernisation programme is changing the face of the Russian military.

They would "think together how we can act correctly in the region, how we can remove the threats that exist in the region in a responsible and reasonable way". Behind the new threats are the same old ugly features: selfishness and intolerance, aggressive nationalism, and claims to exclusivity.

For instance, among the systems on display were the S-400 air-defense missile system that Moscow has deployed in Syria to protect its forces.

The major new equipment on display included a Terminator tank created to be used in war zones involving nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, and a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet carrying a high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile.

Putin disclosed the Kinjal's existence in March along with other missile systems he touted as unbeatable, describing how it could evade any enemy defences.

Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets flew overhead, two months after they were spotted undergoing "real-world" testing in Syria.

Putin later issued an extensive decree calling for "acceleration of the technological development of the Russian Federation" and "creation of a high-performance export-oriented sector in the basic sectors of the economy, primarily in manufacturing and the agro-industrial sector".

"Russia is open to dialogue on all questions of ensuring global security" and is "ready for constructive, equal partnership", he said in a speech that concluded with shouts of "Hurrah!" from the assembled forces.

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