Putin inspects large-scale military drills in Russian Far East
Moscow, Sep 6 (EFE).- Russia’s president Vladimir Putin on Tuesday inspected the Vostok 2022 military exercises in the Russian Far East, involving tens of thousands of troops from more than a dozen countries.
Putin, accompanied by defense minister Sergei Shoigu and military chief of staff Valery Gerasimov, observed the maneuvers at the Sergeyevsky training camp in the eastern Primorye region, photos released by the Kremlin showed.
The maneuvers are scheduled to take place at military training areas in the Far East of Russia, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan from September 1 to 7.
About 50,000 soldiers, more than 5,000 military vehicles, 140 aircraft and 60 warships are taking part in them.
Among the military personnel involved in the drills are more than 2,000 military troops from Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burma, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Syria and Tajikistan.
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its seventh month, the Vostok (East) exercises in the Russian Far East this year see only one-sixth of the troops that participated in them four years ago.
In Vostok 2018, a staggering 300,000 soldiers were deployed, making it the largest military exercise in Russia since the Cold War. EFE