Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, watch a concert marking the Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, which honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Putin says he will not allow anyone to get a military advantage over Russia and pledges that the country will never yield to foreign pressure.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, watch a concert marking the Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, which honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Putin says he will not allow anyone to get a military advantage over Russia and pledges that the country will never yield to foreign pressure. Alexei Druzhinin AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, watch a concert marking the Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, which honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Putin says he will not allow anyone to get a military advantage over Russia and pledges that the country will never yield to foreign pressure. Alexei Druzhinin AP

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