Vostok-2018, set to become the largest military exercises held by Russian Federation in over 35 years, are being held on September 11-17 at five ranges in the east of Russian Federation, and in the waters of the Sea of Japan, Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.
The exercises, which are taking place in Siberia, Russia's far east and on its Pacific coast, involve 36,000 tanks and come amid hard relations between the west and Russia, and souring ties between China and the US.
More than a thousand soldiers took part in a hyper-realistic recreation of a theater of war and explosions interrupted the normally tranquil region, one of the few in Russian Federation where the population is predominantly Buddhist.
Addressing a gathering of the soldiers on Thursday, Putin said Russian Federation was a peaceful country ready for cooperation with any state interested in partnership, but it was a soldier's duty to be ready to defend his country and its allies.
The exercises, which involve more than 1,000 military aircraft as well as up to 36,000 tanks, come amid tense relations between Russian Federation and the West. "You demonstrated the military prowess, showed your capability to successfully counter potential military threats", Putin said addressing the troops that participated in the drills.More news: More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts
All the units and groups fulfilled the missions entrusted to them, ' Putin said.
Military helicopters fire over the training ground Telemba, north of the city of Chita, during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
He also said that the Russian armed forces will be further boosetd, supplied with weapons and equipment of latest generations.
The annual war games involve simulating attacks on enemies or repelling invasions from border countries. According to the Russian army, 87 observers from 59 countries attended the exercises of russo-chinese.