EASTERN ALLIANCE: Russia, China Conduct Moscow's LARGEST WAR GAMES in History

Steel march Putin reviews troops & armor on parade during massive military drills

The war games last all week and are being viewed with concern by NATO (Photo: Getty) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov watch the Vostok-2018 military drills.

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

'Russia is a peace-loving state, we do not have and cannot have aggressive plans, our foreign policy aims at constructive cooperation with all countries interested in it, ' the president said.

Speaking at Tsugol, situated close to the borders of China and Mongolia, Putin said the drills would help boost the country's internal security capabilities and to extend a helping hand to allies, reports Efe news.

Putin further stressed that he highly assessed the performance of the Russian army and navy in the Vostok-2018 drills.

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

The large-scaled war games involve troops from the Eastern and Central Military Districts, the Northern Fleet and the Airborne Troops, as well as some units from the Russian Aerospace Forces.

He also said that the Russian armed forces will be further boosetd, supplied with weapons and equipment of latest generations.

According to the Russian army, 87 observers from 59 countries were present for the Russian-Chinese exercises.

The exercises Vostok (East) 2018 will conclude on September 17 and they involve more than 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 tanks, armored infantry, armored cars, 1000 helicopters, airplanes, and drones.

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