Vladimir Putin inspects war games, vows to beef up army

Putin watches war games billed as Russia's biggest ever; China taking part

Vostok-2018: West has nothing to fear, says Putin as China joins massive war games

According to previous estimates, about 300,000 troops were set to participate in the maneuvers.

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". The drills have gained an global status, with troops from China and Mongolia set to take part in one of the stages.

Putin praised the "mastery" of the Russian army and its "capacity to face down potential threats" after watching the drills at the Tsugol military training ground near the borders with Mongolia and China.

"Russia is a peaceful country".

'Russia is a peace-loving state, we do not have and cannot have aggressive plans, our foreign policy aims at constructive cooperation with all countries interested in it, ' the president said. You demonstrated the high-level performance.

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He said this while inspecting the troops at the Tsugol firing range, where the Vostok 2018 exercise was held.

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

Major drills are now being staged in eastern Siberia close to the border with China and 300,000 Russian troops have been involved in the week-long exercise together with joint exercises alongside Chinese military counterparts.

During his tour of the area, he referred to the strengthening of the Army with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment, and he also thanked the Chinese and Mongolian military participants in the exercises.

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