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From: nytimes.com - Aug. 28, 2018
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300,000 Troops and 900 Tanks: Russia’s Biggest Military Drills Since Cold War
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Russia is mobilizing for its biggest military exercise since the height of the Cold War, the Kremlin says, citing a tense international climate that is “frequently aggressive and unfriendly toward us.”

The exercises, which are set to involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops, 1,000 aircraft and 900 tanks, will also include units from China for the first time. They will start on Sept. 11.

In a separate display of military power, Russia was reported on Tuesday to have assembled a large flotilla of warships off the coast of Syria. Russian news media outlets, citing unnamed defense ministry officials, described it is as Russia’s largest naval deployment in the area since Moscow first intervened in Syria’s civil war in September 2015.

The move follows a flurry of claims by Russia, unsupported by evidence, that the West is preparing to stage a fake chemical weapons attack inside Syria as a pretext for an assault on the forces of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Known as Vostok-2018 or East-2018, the September military exercises, involving land and air units, will begin near Russia’s eastern border with China and Mongolia. Both have agreed to join a series of regular exercises that used to be restricted to Russia and countries that were either once part of the Soviet Union or Soviet allies.

The participation of China, which will send helicopters and about 3,200 troops from the People’s Liberation Army, signals a significant reshaping of military exercises that began in the Soviet era. For decades they were aimed primarily at preparing the Red Army for a possible attack by or on China.
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Over 3,000 Chinese soldiers sent to biggest military exercise in Russia since Cold War | Amy Recognition - 31 August 2018
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China is to send more than 3,000 soldiers, 900 pieces of military equipment, 30 planes and a number of helicopters to take part in Russia’s Vostok-2018 (or East-2018), its largest military exercise since 1981, as Weida Li reports in JBTimes. Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Tuesday that the drill will take place between September 11 and 15. It is set to involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops, 1,000 aircraft and 900 tanks.

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The participation of China reflects the consolidation of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership, as this kind of military exercise used to be restricted to Russia and countries that were either once part of the Soviet Union or Soviet allies, according to Chinese news outlet Huanqiu.