Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history

Russia, China Start Biggest Military Drill Since Cold War

More than 25 warships and around 30 planes took part in the drills, as Russian Federation increased its military presence in Syria where it intervened to help the Bashar al-Assad regime in 2015.

President Vladimir Putin planned to attend the exercises, featuring about 300,000 Russian troops, after hosting Chinese leader Xi Jinping at an economic forum in Russia's far eastern city Vladivostok.

The Defence Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the largest military drills since the end of the Cold War will involve about 36,000 tanks and 300,000 troops at sea and on the ground. According to reports, Chinese soldiers are also taking part in the war exercise for the first time.

About 3,200 Chinese troops, more than 900 pieces of weaponry and 30 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters will participate in joint training to conduct fire strike and counterattacks, the Chinese Defense Ministry said.

"The fact that the last thing Europe and the United States want is any open conflict with Russian Federation is immaterial - it may take two to tango, but it doesn't take two sides to start a war".

Russian Federation also staged a major naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean this month and its jets resumed bombing the Syrian region of Idlib, the last major enclave of rebels fighting its ally President Bashar al-Assad.

The demonstration of military might will include some joint exercises with the Chinese army.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has said it will closely monitor the exercise, as will the U.S., which has a strong military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Last month, the Kremlin´s spokesman said Russia´s "ability to defend itself in the current worldwide situation which is often aggressive and unfriendly to our country is justified, essential and without alternative".

China's official People's Liberation Army Daily said on Wednesday that the drill was aimed at maintaining regional peace, was not aimed at any third party and did not "have anything to do with the regional situation".

Rashford will never be a striker at Manchester United - Shearer
The incident silenced the crowd and seemed to distract the hosts whose sloppiness invited Spanish pressure. Within a matter of moments, Atletico Madrid's Saul pulled Spain level after a wonderful attacking move.

Millions prepare for potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence
While the storm could weaken some before making landfall, forecasters expect it could still be a Category 3 or 4. Some meteorologists are already predicting that Florence "could be one of the worst storms in USA history".

Woods off to hot start at BMW Championship
Right now, using the PGA Tour's projections, that group includes DeChambeau, Rose, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau. Every shot means so much this time of the year, and the last two holes Saturday at the BMW Championship might mean even more.

"Fundamentally, the goal of this specific exercise is to project Russian military power in the Asia-Pacific region", Kokcharov said.

"In some ways (Vostok-2018) will repeat aspects of Zapad-81, but in other ways the scale will be bigger", Shoigu said.

Russian military helicopters fly overhead in Chita, Eastern Siberia, during the Vostok 2018 exercises, September 11, 2018.

"Imagine 36,000 military vehicles moving all at the same time; tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles - and all of these in conditions as close to a combat situation as possible", Sergey Shoigu, Russia's defense minister, said this month.

The week-long war games dubbed "Vostok-2018" (East-2018), "have kicked off" in far eastern Russian Federation and on the Pacific Ocean, the defense ministry said in a statement.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed such concerns on Tuesday.

The war games are held a year after Russian Federation staged major drills in the country's west last September, unnerving neighbouring former Soviet republics.

The drills kicked off close to Russia's border with China on Tuesday and will run through Saturday.

Asked if the U.S.is anxious about a possible military alliance between Russian Federation and China, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Pentagon reporters Tuesday that, "I think that nations act out of their interests".

Forces from 10 member nations are taking part in the drills amid an ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed separatists.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vladimir Putin: 'nothing criminal' about novichok suspects
Sep 12, 2018 - 17:40
Mr Skripal and daughter Yulia were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in the city of Salisbury on March 4th. The affair worsened Russian relations with the West, already under strain over Ukraine, Syria and other issues.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple Watch Series 4 Launching Date
Sep 12, 2018 - 16:31
In addition, some handwritten notes suggest that it could sport a 1.3-inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 360×360. The site has also shared some images of how different watch faces and apps will look on the Apple Watch Series 4.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top UEFA Nations League preview - Tuesday: Spain v Croatia, Iceland v Belgium
Sep 12, 2018 - 15:45
Spain have rattled in the goals against Croatia to take charge of their Nations League group. Ten minutes later Marco Asensio made it 2-nil with a powerful shot.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top England 1 Switzerland 0: Rashford gets Southgate's men back to winning ways
Sep 12, 2018 - 15:14
WORST PLAYER - It was a shaky start to the night for the Jack Butland , but he did improve as the night went on. That was the trend for the rest of the half as the Three Lions hung on for the victory.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Florence strengthens to hurricane, continues trek toward southeast U.S.
Sep 12, 2018 - 14:35
Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Friday as Tropical Storm Florence continues to approach the east coast. The immediate threat this weekend will be large swells and unsafe rip currents along the East Coast due to the storm.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fox News analysts complain bitterly about Obama ‘breaking norms’ by criticizing Trump
Sep 11, 2018 - 19:19
Obama plans to campaign in Ohio for Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for Governor, and Ohio Democrats. Obama has been playing an active role in the lead up to November's midterm elections.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top IPhone 2018 launch: what to expect from Apple
Sep 11, 2018 - 18:34
China Mobile will also offer dual SIM iPhones as it hints with this cheeky image that it posted on its Facebook page. An upgraded version of the iPhone X with a 5.8-inch screen, but adding a faster processor and upgraded cameras.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hartal byte: Kerala has higher fuel prices than metros
Sep 11, 2018 - 18:12
There was a complete shutdown in Kasargode, the town that shares a border with Karnataka, as interstate buses kept off the roads. The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the pleas of Sonia and Rahul challenging reopening of their tax assessments for 2011-12.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US East Coast braces as Florence forecast to intensify into major hurricane
Sep 11, 2018 - 09:41
The storm expected to keep building in strength before making landfall on Thursday, the US National Hurricane Center said . The National Weather Service has placed parts of New Hanover County under a coastal flood advisory through midnight.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jon Gruden Finally Opens Up About The Khalil Mack Trade
Sep 11, 2018 - 07:13
The Green Bay Packers accomplished something Sunday night that had never been done before in the long history of the franchise. But he was cleared to return at halftime and came back out for the Packers' first series of the third quarter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Florence becomes a hurricane, barrels toward US East Coast
Sep 10, 2018 - 19:22
While there is potential for tropical storm force winds in the Valley, the biggest threat by far here would be flooding. The NWS Central Pacific Hurricane Center inHonolulu issued an update on Hurricane Olivia on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aaron Rodgers make clutch, game-tying touchdown pass to Randall Cobb
Sep 10, 2018 - 19:04
It all fell apart in the second half, after Rodgers returned from the injury. "Just got to catch it", Fuller said afterward. Make it five straight losses for the Bears to their NFC North archrivals after a 24-23 defeat to Green Bay on Sunday night.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nike's Labour Day sales surge by 31% post its Colin Kaepernick campaign
Sep 10, 2018 - 19:01
Airbnb: Ran ad against US President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies and dubbing Haiti, El Salvador and Africa "s**thole". As the Internet goes wild with memes, Nike responds to this viral commotion with a brilliant safety awareness message.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bob Woodward Responds to Trump's "Fake News" Claims in TV Interview
Sep 10, 2018 - 18:44
The Trump administration has been on an offensive in recent weeks, seeking to discredit Woodward and the contents of his book. Donald Trump is making an aggressive effort to stem the crisis of authority afflicting his presidency at a critical moment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Korea uses 70th anniversary to push economy, not nukes
Sep 10, 2018 - 18:30
The strong emphasis on the economy underscores leader Kim Jong Un's new strategy of putting economic development front and center. The Arirang Mass Games are an elaborate propaganda spectacle with enormous co-ordinated displays.