Russia invites armies of friendly countries to joint maneuvers

Operation code name: Vostok-2022… Servicemen from several foreign countries have started arriving in Russia for exercises with the participation of China, amid tensions between Western countries, Moscow and Beijing, it said. the Russian army on Monday.

These maneuvers will take place from September 1 to 7 in the Russian Far Eastin the presence of soldiers from several border countries or allies of Russia, such as Belarus, Syria, India, but especially China.

A worrying Russia-China rapprochement

These exercises take place in a context of strong tensions between Russia and Western countries on the one hand, because of the conflict in Ukraine, and on the other hand between China and the United States, because of tensions around Taiwan.

Washington regularly worries about the rapprochement between China and Russia, which have close defense ties, saying it endangers global security.

« Foreign military contingents participating in the Vostok-2022 exercises arrived at the Sergeyevsk training groundy in Primorsky Krai (in the Russian Far East) and began to prepare and receive their equipment and weapons,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

More than 50,000 soldiers mobilized

In total, “more than 50,000 soldiers, more than 5,000 pieces of military armament and equipment, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships and support ships” will be mobilized, he added in a press release. However, the Russian ministry did not specify the number of participants per country.

The exercises, under the command of the Russian general staff, will consist of “training for defensive and offensive actions” on land, in the air but also in the Sea of ​​Japan and the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, the ministry said.

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In the Sea of ​​Japan, Russian and Chinese ships will train in particular to “defend maritime communications” and “support land forces” in coastal areas, according to the same source.

In mid-August, China had confirmed the dispatch of troops to Russia to participate in these military exercises, affirming however that its presence was “unrelated to the current situation at the regional and international level”.

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