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Pentagon unfazed by Russian military parade plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday it was unconcerned by Russia’s plans to parade military hardware in Red Square in a show of strength reminiscent of Soviet times.

“If they wish to take out their old equipment and take it for a spin, and check it out, they’re more than welcome to do so,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered generals to revive the tradition of driving tanks, howitzers and missile launchers during the annual parade this Friday which commemorates Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

The parade has not featured heavy weaponry since 1990, the year before the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Putin’s move chimes with other efforts he has made to reassert Russia’s role as a major power such as the resumption of long-range flights by Tu-95 “Bear” bombers.