Russian Federation to hold largest war games since 1981

Russian tanks

Russian tanks

It will involve nearly 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, and two of Russia's naval fleets, Shoigu said in a statement.

From 11 to 15 September in Russian Federation held large-scale exercises "Vostok-2018", which will be attended by about 300 thousand soldiers and 36 thousand units of military equipment, as well as over thousands of planes, helicopters and drones.

"It will be something of a repeat of the "West-81", but in some ways even bigger", said the defense Minister.

Shoigu had earlier announced the start of immediate conflict readiness checks in the central and eastern military areas before the planned exercises.

"Imagine 36,000 tanks and armored personnel carriers all moving at the same time", the defense minister said. "And all of this, of course, in conditions as close to combat as possible".

Russian Federation conducted more than 8,000 combat training activities a year ago, including the "Zapad-2017" joint exercises with Belarus in September, involving around 12,700 soldiers.

Mr Peskov said the involvement of Chinese units showed Russian Federation and Beijing were co-operating in all areas.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have been boosting their defense spending and working to build military readiness - moves stoked recently by the combination of uncertainty about Trump and concern about assertive Russian action, like the incursion in Ukraine in 2014.

In comments to Russian media, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained the need for such vast drills by pointing to this "international situation, which is frequently quite aggressive and unfriendly for our country".

All Russia's airborne units and two of its naval fleets would also take part in the drills across Siberia and the Russian Far East.

"All countries have the right to conduct exercises of their armed forces, but it is important that they are implemented transparently and predictably", said white.

The Russian military is getting ready for what is said to be an "unprecedented" military exercise, but as thousands of men and machines gather in Russia's east, leaders in Moscow may be increasingly concerned about what's going on in the West.

China and Russian Federation have held military exercises together before, but never exercises this large.

White said they fit a pattern revealing "a more assertive Russian Federation, significantly increasing its defense budget and its military presence".

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