Medvedev promises better arms for Russian military.

President Dmitry Medvedev marked the anniversary Monday of victory over…

President Dmitry Medvedev marked the anniversary Monday of victory over Nazi Germany with a promise to arm Russian troops with the latest weapons and push reform of a military plagued by low morale and poor equipment.

Medvedev made the pledge as Russia’s biggest missiles and most advanced tanks rumbled through Moscow’s Red Square to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

Analysts say most of Russia’s arms are upgraded versions of weapons made 20 years ago. Although the world’s second biggest arms exporter, a lack of investment and political will has prevented its own forces from getting new hardware.

“The state will do everything so that our soldiers are adequately outfitted, so that the modernization of our armed forces is actively carried out, and so that troops have the most modern technology,” Medvedev said before a parade where 20,000 troops saluted him and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Thomas Grove and Andrey Ostroukh for Reuters.

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