Russian biggest war-games "Vostok-2018" underway

The week-long Vostok-2018 manoeuvres span vast expanses of Siberia and Asia-Pacific the Arctic and the Pacific Ocean and showcase the military might of Russia and China at a time of simmering tensions with the US

The weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 manoeuvres span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans and showcase the military might of Russian Federation and China at a time of simmering tensions with the U.S.

"Our duty to our country and motherland is to be ready to protect sovereignty, security and national interests of our country and, if needed, to support allies", he said, Sputnik reported.

The Kremlin said the war games were routine and did not pose a threat to other countries.

Putin praised the "mastery" of the Russian army and its "capacity to face down potential threats" after watching the drills at the Tsugol military training ground near the borders with Mongolia and China.

He commended them for their "high-level performance" in the "most active stage" of Vostok-2018. You held it at high level: "all units and formations fulfilled their assigned tasks", said Putin.

"This is why we will continue to strengthen our armed forces, to equip them in weapons and the latest equipment, and expand our military partnerships, international", he added in front of the soldiers the russians and chinese. Additionally, military cooperation will be further developed.

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The Chinese and Mongolian armed forces are also participating.

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".

For example, a surprise inspection of the Northern Fleet took place in mid-August, while similar inspections of the Central and Eastern military districts happened later that month.

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

The massive Vostok-2018 exercise is running 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.

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