Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Putin inspects war games, vows to beef up army

Alexei Nikolsky  Sputnik Alexei Nikolsky Sputnik
Jeannette Daniel | 14 September, 2018, 06:27

The massive Vostok-2018 exercise is being carried out from September 11 to 17 under the command of Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu on the soil and in the waters of Russia's Far East and in the neighboring waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Vostok drills is the People's Liberation Army's biggest ever deployment to war games beyond China's borders.

Some 25,000 soldiers, 7,000 vehicles as well as 250 helicopters and planes took part in the simulated aerial and ground attack from an "undefined" enemy.

He emphasized that "Russia is a peaceful nation", but noted that the country needs to strengthen its military capability to "be ready to protect its sovereignty, security and national interests, and, if necessary, support our allies".

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These days Russian Federation holds the largest military exercise since 1981 on the soil and in the waters of Russia's Far East and in the neighboring waters of the Pacific Ocean.

"Therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop worldwide military partnership", he added. "We do not and can not have any aggressive plans". Russian Federation has said the drills are purely defensive in nature but North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has condemned them as a rehearsal for "large-scale conflict".

"That's why 87 observers from 59 countries attend these maneuvers and I welcome all of them", the president said.

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