Russia, China Conduct Moscow's LARGEST WAR GAMES in History — EASTERN ALLIANCE

Elias Hubbard
Сентября 14, 2018

Russian Federation and China officially kicked-off Moscow's largest war games in history this week; conducting joint drills and exercises in a stunning show of cooperation between the two nations.

This week's military games, which involved as many as 300,000 Russian soldiers, thousands of tanks, and many Chinese assets as well amounted to the largest joint war games in the two countries' history.

36,000 tanks, 80 ships, and nearly 1,000 aircraft are taking part, according to the country's Ministry of Defense.

China sent about 3,200 troops, 900 combat vehicles, and 30 aircraft to join the drills at a Siberian firing range - a deployment that reflects its shift towards a full-fledged military alliance with Russian Federation.

Speaking at a firing range in the Chita region on Thursday, Putin lauded the troops for their "high-level" performance and insisted the drills are not targeted at any other country.

Accepting salutes from marching soldiers and tanks flying Chinese flags, Mr Putin said Russian Federation was a peaceful country that wanted co-operation with foreign states but needed to protect its and its allies' sovereignty.

The Chinese and Mongolian armed forces are also participating.

From China's perspective, the emerging military alliance with Russian Federation sends a strong signal to the US and its ally Japan.

For Russia, the increasingly robust alliance with China is particularly important in light of the strained relations with the USA and its allies and the looming threat of more biting US sanctions.

The war games come amid rising tensions between Russian Federation and the USA over Moscow's backing of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Russia, which has waged a military campaign in support of Assad, strongly warned the USA against military action in Syria.

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