Russian Federation on Tuesday will launch the biggest military drills in its history involving 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers, in a move North Atlantic Treaty Organisation denounced as "exercising large-scale conflict".
Russian Federation launched a massive military exercise on Tuesday, its biggest since the Cold War, reports the BBC.
He said it would involve more than 1,000 warplanes, helicopters, and drones; up to 80 combat and logistics ships; and up to 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other vehicles.
And the drills include marines landing opposite Alaska - a clear reminder to US President of the might wielded by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russia's biggest-ever war games Vostok-2018 "have kicked off" in far eastern Russian Federation.
He added: "Russia also thinks that the global reactions to its appalling behaviour over recent years - including the seizure of Crimea, aggression against Ukraine, causing and abetting untold suffering in Syria, the attempted murder of the Skripals and more - are just more indications of this "aggressive and unfriendly" attitude by the rest of the world".
Moscow said the weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 maneuvers will span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans and involve almost 300,000 Russian troops - almost one-third of the country's 1-million-strong military. Later stages will involve rehearsals of both defensive and offensive scenarios.
Russian Federation has substantially increased the size and frequency of its military exercises in recent years, particularly following its invasion of Crimea in 2014.
Analysts have said that Moscow had to invite the Chinese and Mongolian militaries given the proximity of the war games to their borders and because the scale meant the neighboring nations would probably have seen them as a threat had they been excluded.
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But Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said these exercises are even larger, with 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 1,000 planes and 80 warships taking part in the drills.
Relations between Moscow and Beijing have always been marked by mutual wariness with Russian nationalists warning of encroaching Chinese influence in the country's mineral-rich far east.
Given the declining and increasingly acrimonious state of relations since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Putin "wishes to be as best prepared as possible to prevail in open warfare as well", Giles added.
- At least 24 helicopters and six fighter jets belonging to the Chinese air force are taking part in the exercise. Beijing has said 3,200 members of the People's Liberation Army will join in.
"The Chinese officers and soldiers participating in the drills will demonstrate the determination and ability to maintain regional peace and stability with practical actions", it said.
Some experts see the war games as a message to Washington from Moscow and Beijing.
However, the military drills they had until now were far smaller in scale, reflecting China's caution about alliances. "I see little in the long term that aligns Russian Federation and China".
Shoigu has said they are the biggest since a Soviet military exercise, Zapad-81 (West-81) in 1981.