Russia has launched its war games which are the biggest since the Cold War era, on Tuesday, September 11. Russian war games which are named as Vostok 2018 have participation from Chinese and Mongolian armies as well. Hundreds of thousands of military troops, tanks, and aircraft will take part in the military drills which will take place in far eastern Russia.
What Are the Russian War Games All About?
Russian War Games, which are said to be the biggest since the Soviet era, are to involve a large area, almost 300,000 troops, 1000 aircraft, 36000 tanks, military vehicles and participation from China and Mongolia. Further, 80 ships and vessels will also be taking part in annual Russian military drills which will take place from September 11 to September 17.
Vostok-2018 War Games preview:
– Largest military exercise in 37 years
– To involve 300,000 Russian troops
– 1,000 aircraft
– 36,000 tanks, APCs, mil. vehicles
– China, Mongolia to join in
– huge area; from Siberia to the Pacific pic.twitter.com/V6BvnjzN7y
— Murad Gazdiev (@MuradGazdiev) September 3, 2018
Russian War Games are said to be nothing sensational but just military drills to check the combat readiness of hundreds of thousands of troops and military vehicles.
Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov: "Nothing sensational" about Vostok-2018 war games with China, it's just 300K troops, 1K aircraft, 36K vehicles, 80 vessels testing their combat readiness. pic.twitter.com/JOZoD6yia3
— Lucian Kim (@Lucian_Kim) September 6, 2018
Vostok 2018- A Concern for NATO
Russia had earlier done the same scale military exercises in 1981 as well, but the recent military drills, taking place in September 2018 have involved more troops. China has also reportedly sent its 3200 soldiers and, military vehicles and troops, which has raised the alarm for NATO.
The Vostok 2018 began at the time when Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, an eastern city of Russia. Talking on this occasion, the Russian President reportedly told him Chinese counterpart that they had a trusting relationship in politics, security, and defense.
While it is not known why Magnolia is participating in the Vostok 2018, China’s reason is to enhance the cooperation with Russia to jointly respond to the “security threat,” according to the country’s defense ministry.
Russian War Games have come in a time when the tensions between the US-led 29 membered defense alliance are already escalating over Syrian crisis and Crimea annexation issue.
According to CNBC which has referred to an expert, the Pentagon will be watching the Russian War Games very closely.
A Response to NATO Military Drills
Earlier in August thousands of NATO soldiers had participated in war games taking place in Georgia near the Russian border, which had raised concern for the country.
According to Frants Klintsevich, the Russian senator and reserve colonels, the lack of combat skills in the Russian headquarters had suited the west. But, now they had a different attitude towards combat readiness as time had changed, reported BBC.
The tensions between Russia and NATO also escalated after the nerve agent attack on Sergel Skripa in the UK, for which Russia was held responsible. The incident had resulted in the expulsion of diplomats from each side.