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Russia warns against 'adventures'

By Richard Galpin
BBC News, Moscow


The parade in Moscow commemorates Russia's victory over Nazi Germany

The Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has issued a stern warning to any countries considering what he called "military adventures".

Mr Medvedev said they would be met with the proper response.

He was speaking at a military parade in Moscow commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The speech comes as tensions have flared up again as Georgia hosts a military exercise this month organised by the Nato military alliance.

Speaking in front of thousands of troops on parade in Red Square, Mr Medvedev said that the Soviet Union's defeat of German forces during World War II was a great lesson to all nations which was still relevant today.

Because, he said, some countries were resorting to military adventures.

A woman passes a Nato poster in Tbilisi, 6 May

Although he did not specify which countries he was referring to, it is widely assumed this warning was aimed at neighbouring Georgia.

Last summer Russia and Georgia went to war over the fate of two of Georgia's breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia is furious as it views Georgia as within its own sphere of influence and does not want the country to join Nato.

Some military analysts are warning there could be further conflict in the region.

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