Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills

Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills

Putin gloated his armed forces are ready to "successfully counter potential military threats" while inspecting Russia's largest war drills since the 1980s.

In the far East of Russian Federation has completed the main phase of the military exercises "Vostok-2018".

Putin has flown in to the eastern Russian territory of Zabaikalsky to attend the main stage of the unprecedented military exercises, called Vostok-2018, involving more than 300,000 troops.

Vostok-2018 is taking place at a time of heightened tension between the West and Russian Federation, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has said it will monitor the exercise closely, as will the United States which has a strong military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

As well as the troops, some 1,000 Russian aircraft and 36,000 tanks and other combat vehicles are involved.

But the autocratic leader stressed it was a soldier's duty to defend his country and its allies and "therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop global military partnership".

Putin said the war games demonstrate the Russian army is capable of countering military threats, without naming the aggressors.

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The annual war games involve simulating attacks on enemies or repelling invasions from border countries.

However, the Russian army must be ready to protect national sovereignty and security and support the country's allies, Putin stressed.

"For this reason, we are committed to further strengthening our armed forces and supplying them with the most up-to-date weapons and equipment, as well as promoting worldwide cooperation".

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said: "These are the largest drills of the Armed Forces, which acquired the status of global drills, since the Zapad 1981 exercises. We do not have and cannot have any plan of aggression", has, however, assured Mr Putin.

"Our foreign policy is aimed at constructive cooperation with all countries that are interested in it", he added.

He said that 87 observers from 57 countries have been invited to watch the drills.

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