Russia has started military exercises with China and other countries

Russia on Thursday began a week-long military exercise with forces from China and other countries. Russia and China, both facing tensions with the United States, staged the drills as a show of mutual defense cooperation.

Another purpose of these exercises is to demonstrate that Russia has enough military power to conduct large-scale exercises despite its involvement in military operations in Ukraine.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Vostok 2022 (East 2022) exercise will continue until September 7. The exercise will be held at seven locations in the Russian Far East and the Sea of ​​Japan and will involve more than 50,000 troops and more than 5,000 armed units, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships.

Russia’s Chief of General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov himself will oversee the exercise. Soldiers from several former Soviet Union countries will participate in the exercise. Other countries participating in the exercise include China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Syria.

The defense ministry noted that as part of the exercise, the Russian and Chinese navies will “exercise joint operations to protect naval communications, protect maritime economic activity areas and support troops in coastal areas” in the Sea of ​​Japan.

The drills demonstrate the growing defense relationship between Russia and China, which has strengthened since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. China has categorically refused to condemn Russia’s actions. They blamed the US and NATO for provoking Russia, and railed against punitive sanctions imposed on Russia. In return, Russia has also expressed strong support for China in its ongoing tensions with the United States. Such tensions between the two countries have arisen after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan. Putin drew a parallel between US support for Ukraine and Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. He explained both as part of the so-called US effort to foment global instability.

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