Putin to parade: Russia will stand up for policies

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the annual massive military parade in Red Square that the country will stand up for its positions.

Putin's short speech to some 14,000 servicemen and thousands of guests comes less than a week after the country's military chief of staff warned Russia would consider pre-emptive strikes if a dispute with the United States over a Europe-based missile defense system worsens.

Putin on Wednesday did not mention any country specifically, but said "Russia consistently conducts its policy for strengthening security in the world and we have the great moral right to fundamentally and insistently right stand up for our position."

The annual parade marks Victory Day, commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany.