Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Vostok-2018: Putin promised that the Russian army will continue to strengthen

Alexei Nikolsky  Sputnik Alexei Nikolsky Sputnik
Patty Aguilar | 16 September, 2018, 08:16

According to previous estimates, about 300,000 troops were set to participate in the maneuvers. A small contingent of Mongolian troops is taking part as well.

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

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".

"Today, the most active stage of the exercises is completed at the Tsugol training ground in Trans-Baikal territory". You demonstrated the high-level performance.

"This is why we will continue to strengthen our armed forces, to provide them with cutting edge arms and equipment and develop our worldwide military partnerships", he said. Additionally, military cooperation will be further developed.

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He said this while inspecting the troops at the Tsugol firing range, where the Vostok 2018 exercise was held.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Fomin stressed last week that the Vostok-2018 war games are not an anti-NATO event despite claims made by Western media, and that they are held several thousand kilometers away from Russia's western borders.

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

In total, almost 300,000 soldiers, 36.000 vehicles, 1,000 aircraft and 80 ships taking part in the maneuvers russo-chinese "Vostok-2018", which run until 17 September in eastern Siberia and the Far East, which makes it the most extensive maneuvers in the history of post-soviet Russian Federation.

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