Russian T-14 Armata tanks parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, May 9, 2018.
“I was invited, I am thinking about it,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, after a reporter from a Russian state news agency, TASS, asked him about it. “That’s right in the middle of our campaign season, but I am thinking I would certainly think about it. President Putin invited me to the — it’s a very big deal, celebrating the end of the war, et cetera, et cetera. Very big deal.”
“Russia’s foreign policy demonstrates a blatant disregard for state sovereignty,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in Brussels last month. “In addition to their military incursions in Georgia and Ukraine, their use of cyber warfare and information operations continues to interfere with other states’ domestic affairs. In the case of both China and Russia, their malign behavior, combined with aggressive military modernization programs, puts the international security environment on a trajectory that should concern all free nations.”