Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Vladimir Putin attends Russia-China war games

Vladimir Putin attends Russia-China war games

Russian Federation is peace-loving but prepared to defend its national interests, Vladimir Putin has said during the country's largest military exercises since the Cold War.

The exercise called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will run until September 17. and involves deploying additional forces to Russia's far east and a naval build-up involving its Northern and Pacific fleets.

The Vostok 2018 drills are taking place in eastern Siberia near Russia's border with China and includes 300,000 Russian soldiers, 36,000 tanks, and an undisclosed amount of troops and equipment from Beijing.

The exercises, which involve more than 1,000 military aircraft as well as up to 36,000 tanks, come amid tense relations between Russian Federation and the West.

"Out duty to our country is to be ready to defend our sovereignty, our security and our national interests and, if we must, to support our allies", the president said following a huge military parade after the manoeuvres.

On site, Mr Putin praised the "mastery" of the Russian army and its "ability to deal with potential threats".

"Today here, at the Tsugol range in the Zabaikalsky Territory, the most active stage of the (Vostok-2018) drills came to an end".

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said: "These are the largest drills of the Armed Forces, which acquired the status of worldwide drills, since the Zapad 1981 exercises".

"Russia is a peaceful country".

Chinese and Mongolian soldiers are participating in the war game.

"Russia is a peace-loving state".

Russian senator and reserve colonel, Frants Klintsevich, said: "It suited the West that our units and headquarters lacked combat skills and coordination, but times have changed; now we have a different attitude to combat readiness".

"Our foreign policy is aimed at constructive cooperation with all countries that are interested in it", he added. According to the Russian army, 87 observers from 59 countries attended the exercises of russo-chinese.

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