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Putin attends the naval parade and promises new ships

President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian Navy will get 40 new ships and ships this year, while attending a Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg.

The event in Saint Petersburg and the nearby city of Kronshtadt, with 46 ships and ships and more than 4,000 troops, was intended to “demonstrate the growing strength of our navy,” said Mr Putin.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Saint Petersburg for Navy Day celebration (Dmitri Lovetsky / Pool / AP)

He said that 40 ships and ships of different classes will enter service this year and that the Russian navy will be equipped with hypersonic weapons to increase its combat capabilities.

He opened the parade and said that in the past few days, “six more ships have been moored for the distant sea zone in Russia’s three largest shipyards.”

The Kremlin has made military modernization its top priority amid tensions with the West that followed the 2014 annexation of Crimea in Moscow.

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Warships pass the drawbridge Dvortsovy (Palace) that rises above the Neva River during the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg (Dmitri Lovetsky / Pool / AP)

Similar parades on the occasion of Russian Navy Day on Sunday took place in the cities of the Far East, Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk, Sevastopol in the annexed Crimea, the seaport cities of Severomorsk and Baltiysk, Kaspirsk in southern Russia and the port city of Tartus in Syria .

Earlier this week, Putin attended a ceremony to lay down new warships in Crimea and pledged to pursue an ambitious program of building new warships, saying that Russia needs a strong navy to defend its interests and ” help maintain strategic balance and global stability. ” “