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Visit Moscow, its monuments and… its missile launchers

zoom on the Aeroflot campaign poster

(BRUSSELS2) When Aeroflot prides itself on an advertising campaign to attract customers to its routes to discover Moscow, it does not use just any argument.

Several placards have recently flourished in public places, notably the Brussels metro. And, as we can discover with a trained eye – as my colleague Georgi Gotev from Euractiv noted (read on his blog in English) – we see that the streets are empty and that the vehicles circulating on the quays of the Moskova below the Kremlin, are not quite ordinary vehicles, let alone tourist coaches. We are closer to Sol-Air missile launchers mounted on armored vehicles, type Iskander or S 300.

2nd zoom on the Aeroflot campaign poster

No doubt a subliminal way of praising the safety of Aeroflot flights, or the different interests of visiting a city of “art and history” – as they say in good tourist guides – coupled with a solid military experience. In any case, an advertising campaign that does not go unnoticed just a stone's throw from the headquarters of the European institutions!


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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