Russian Federation stages world’s largest military drills, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation anxious

Russia stages world’s largest military drills, NATO worried

Russia on Tuesday launched what it has called its largest-ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of Russian troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a massive show of force that has rattled the West.

The week-long war games "have kicked off" in far eastern Russia, AFP quoted Russia's defence ministry as saying.

Russian Federation has launched its biggest military exercise since the Cold War, involving about 300,000 service personnel, in eastern Siberia.

Russia's Ministry of Defence broadcast images on Tuesday of columns of tanks, armoured vehicles and warships on the move, and combat helicopters and fighter aircraft taking off.

Therefore, I think that there is synchronized coordination between the Belarusian and Russian armed forces.

"We're aware of Russia's right to sovereignty and to exercise in order to ensure their readiness", he said.

"The fact that the drill is vastly greater in size than previous exercises in the same location is also part of the natural progression of Russia's practice for war", Giles said.

The military arranged several artillery batteries stocked with mid to long-range S-300, S-400, Tor and Buk missiles, the likes of which Moscow has recently sold to Syria and Iran despite protests from the USA and Israel.

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The Chinese media described the country's involvement as its largest-ever dispatch of forces overseas for war games.

The event, known as Vostok 2018, was condemned by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as preparation for a "large-scale conflict". "I see little in the long term that aligns Russian Federation and China".

Putin is preparing his military for "warfare on a huge scale" to satisfy "delusions" that Russian Federation can defeat Western nations in a global conflict, according to an expert on his armed forces. "China, by sending a PLA (People's Liberation Army) element to train with the Russians, is signalling that USA pressure is pushing it towards much closer military cooperation with Moscow", the Express reported.

- The Russian Navy Pacific Fleet has also started military exercise Vostok 2018.

He said: "It fits into a pattern we have seen over time - a more assertive Russian Federation, increasing its defence budget and military presence".

But Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the latest exercises are even larger.

More than 25 warships and around 30 planes took part in the drills, as Russian Federation increased its military presence in Syria where it intervened to help the Bashar al-Assad regime in 2015.

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