Russia: Putin blasts Nazism and warmongering in Moscow address

"We do not accept any policy which encourages Nazism, extremism, the incitement of hatred between peoples and the escalation of military threats," Russian President Vladimir Putin said as he addressed newly promoted officers and officials within the military and civil branches of the government from the Kremlin in Moscow, Thursday. Putin continued by saying "we spoke out and continue to speak out against interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states and the provocation of armed conflicts," referencing North Africa, the Middle East and Ukraine in his address. He cited Russian history as the reason behind the country's political position. Putin also congratulated the newly promoted officers in his speech, saying their advancement is "well-deserved" due to them "supporting national security, national defence and the strengthening of law and order."