Drills Show Russian Army Capable of Countering Threats: Putin

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Russia "will continue to strengthen its armed forces, promised on Thursday that Russian president Vladimir Putin attending the exercises Vostok-2018, held since Tuesday in the Russian Far East, the most extensive military maneuvers in the history of Russia".

These days Russian Federation holds the largest military exercise since 1981 on the soil and in the waters of Russia's Far East and in the neighboring waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Putin, the supreme commander-in-chief of the Russian Armed Forces, observed part of the Vostok-2018, or East-2018, drills held in the eastern part of Russia, a Kremlin statement said.

Vostok-2018 is taking place at a time of heightened tension between the West and Russian Federation, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has said it will monitor the exercise closely, as will the United States which has a strong military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The exercises of Thursday were simulated on the training ground Tsougol located near the borders of china and mongolia, the defense against a land attack, and air, involving for this single day, almost 25,000 soldiers, 7,000 vehicles and 250 aircraft and helicopters, according to the Russian army.

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.

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

"Therefore, we will continue to strengthen our armed forces, equip them with latest weapons and technologies, to develop global military cooperation", Putin said.

According to the Ministry of defence, troops of the Central and Eastern military districts and soldiers of the people's liberation army of China and the Mongol army developed to repel the attack of the imaginary enemy with the subsequent transition to the offensive.

"Russia is a peace-loving state".

"Our foreign policy is aimed at constructive cooperation with all countries that are interested in it", he added.

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