atynews.com – The Russian military says that the biggest war exercises to be held next week are not to show the strength of the country.
The exercise, called “Vostok 2018”, was purely an improvement on the Moscow military since the cold war ended.
Reporting from Interfax on Friday (09/09/2018), nearly 300 thousand soldiers will be involved in the exercise and at least 36 thousand tanks are also prepared and more than 1,000 fighters and 80 ships will join.
Massive maneuvers will take place in central and eastern Russia from 11 to 17 September 2018.
Simulations of massive air strikes and responses to cruise missile invasions will be displayed in practice.
“Maneuver is not aimed at other countries and in line with our military doctrine, which is defensive,” said Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s Chief of General Staff.
“The main objective of Vostok 2018 is to test the level of combat preparedness of troops,” he said.
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu gave more details about 2018 Vostok on Tuesday. According to him, exercises will be held in nine places, including four sites of the Air Force and Air Defense, and three seas; Sea of Japan, Bering Sea and Sea of Okhotsk.