Putin attends Russia-China war games

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On Thursday, Zabaykalsky maneuvers on the range Tsugol was watched by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

The weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 manoeuvres span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans and showcase the military might of Russian Federation and China at a time of simmering tensions with the U.S.

The drills held on September 11-15 involved almost 300,000 troops, about 36,000 military vehicles, and more than 1,000 aircraft from Russia's Eastern and Central military districts, as well as its Northern Fleet. "You demonstrated the military prowess, showed your capability to successfully counter potential military threats", Putin said addressing the troops that participated in the drills.

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"Russia is a peace-loving state, we do not have and can not have any aggressive plans, Our foreign policy is aimed at (development of) the constructive cooperation with all the countries interested in that", Putin said while attending the exercises.

Putin called Russian Federation a peace-loving state, which does not and can not have aggressive plans.

"Therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop worldwide military partnership", he added.

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He said this while inspecting the troops at the Tsugol firing range, where the Vostok 2018 exercise was held. "We do not have and we can not have any plans for aggression".

The Vostok-2018 drills taking place in eastern Siberia close to the border with China involve 300,000 Russian troops as well as joint exercises with the Chinese army.

"Our foreign policy is aimed at constructive cooperation with all countries that are interested in it", he added.

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