Russian armed forces will hold the largest military exercises since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, as reported by Reuters. The Chinese and Mongolian armies will also take part in the war games, which are scheduled for mid-September 2018.
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The Russian minister said that the Vostok-2018 (East 2018) war games will involve 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia’s naval fleets, and all of its airborne units. They will be carried out in central and eastern Russia.
Reuters reports that the massive military exercises – the largest ever jointly undertaken with China – will likely worry Japan. They also come at a time of increased tension between Russia and the West over NATO’s military build-up on the Eurasian giant’s western border.
However, NATO spokesman Dylan White said Russia had briefed the military alliance in advance and invited military attachés from NATO countries to attend. White said the offer was under review.