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Putin warns Europe over 'aggression' century after WW1

  • 1 August 2014
  • From the section Europe
Russian President Vladimir Putin unveils a monument in Moscow to Russian soldiers killed in World War One, 1 August

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Europe against aggressive and arrogant leaders, a century after the continent went to war.

Unveiling a monument in Moscow to Russian soldiers killed in World War One, he said it would be "good to remember" its lessons today.

The war resulted from "the aggression and egotism and overweening ambition" of leaders and elites, he said.

Mr Putin has been accused of aggression himself towards Ukraine.

World War One eventually brought down imperial Russia when Bolsheviks seized power in the 1917 communist revolution.

The new monument to the tsar's soldiers features an imperial eagle
Russia suffered losses comparable with any other European power in the war. This photo from 8 August 1914 shows reservists in the then capital, St Petersburg

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