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16 September 2018, 08:13 | Erica Roy
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According to previous estimates, about 300,000 troops were set to participate in the maneuvers.
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday visited Russia's largest-ever military drills in eastern Siberia, where he said Moscow planned to strengthen the country's armed forces.
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.
"It is our duty to our country is to be ready to defend our sovereignty, our security and our national interests, and, if necessary, to support our allies", said the Russian president at the end of a vast military parade following the maneuvers. You demonstrated the high-level performance.
"Therefore, we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment", Mr Putin told troops.
During the main stage of the exercises, Russian, Chinese and Mongolian military units worked out actions to repel the offensive of a conventional enemy, to start their own offensive and to complete the defeat of the conventional enemy's main forces, the Kremlin said.
The massive Vostok-2018 exercise is running from September 11 to 17 under the command of Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu on the soil and in the waters of Russia's Far East and in the neighboring waters of the Pacific Ocean. The official noted that 91 observers from 57 countries, NATO Military Liaison Mission and EU Delegation to Russian Federation attend the large-scaled exercises.
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