Putin oversees Russia-China joint military exercises

Mikhail Metzel  TASS

Mikhail Metzel TASS

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.

Russian Federation has said the Vostok-2018 exercises involve almost 300,000 troops and all types of military equipment, as well as the participation of the Chinese and Mongolian armies.

More than a thousand military aircraft, along with 36,000 tanks, have been involved in the large-scale operation and Mr Putin said: "This is the first time our army and fleet have undergone such a hard and largescale test".

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.

"Russia is a peaceful nation", Putin said.

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Sergei Shoigu and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe visited the Tsugol firing range in eastern Siberia where the troops were taking part in a joint exercise.

The weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 maneuvers span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, as well as the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans.

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.

Four servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces, four servicemen of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and two officers from the Mongolian Armed Forces received various medals from the Russian president.

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