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Vostok-2018: China joins Russian Federation in biggest ever war games

Vostok-2018: China joins Russian Federation in biggest ever war games

The five-day military exercise known as the Vostok-2018 drills in Russia's eastern and central military districts has mobilized nearly a third of the country's soldiers, making it the largest Russian or Soviet military exercise since 1981, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a statement last month.

China and Russian Federation have staged joint drills before, but not on such a large scale and the Vostok-2018 (East-2018) exercise signals closer military ties, as well as sending an unspoken reminder to Beijing that Moscow is able and ready to defend its sparsely populated far east.

The military exercises come amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the west over accusations of Russian interference in western affairs and conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Chinese military vehicles through a field in Chita, Eastern Siberia, during the Vostok 2018 exercises, September 11, 2018.

Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems are put in combat mode to practice hitting targets in the largest military drill the nation has held since the 1980s.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has said it will closely monitor the exercise, as will the USA, which has a strong military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

He said: "It fits into a pattern we have seen over time - a more assertive Russian Federation, increasing its defence budget and military presence".

The exercise simulated a "massive missile attack" by an "unnamed enemy", another military official Sergei Tikhonov said.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed such concerns on Tuesday.

Besides their size, the drills have attracted attention because of the participation of Chinese troops, the first time they have been invited by Russian Federation to take part in an exercise of this scale.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov argued the exercises were "justified" in "the current global situation" given "aggressive and unfriendly" attitudes towards Russian Federation.

"These are very important drills but they are part of routine annual work to develop the armed forces", he told reporters Tuesday.

"In some ways (Vostok-2018) will repeat aspects of Zapad-81, but in other ways the scale will be bigger", Shoigu said.

The Russian Ministry of Defense yesterday broadcast images of military trucks being transported on trains, columns of tanks, armored vehicles and warships on the move, and combat helicopters and fighter aircraft taking off.

Russia's defence ministry hailed the drills as successful.

Russian Federation has substantially increased the size and frequency of its military exercises in recent years, particularly following its invasion of Crimea in 2014.

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