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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday watched Russia's biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of the nation's resurgent military might.
Antonov said that Russia had warned its neighbors about the exercise before it started, and provided particularly detailed information to China in line with an agreement that envisages a mutual exchange of data about military activities along the 4,300-kilometer (2,700-mile) border.
The two Cold war-era rivals have forged what they described as a "strategic partnership" after the 1991 Soviet collapse, developing close political, economic and military ties in a shared aspiration to counter U.S. power around the world.
Khramchikhin, who recently posted an article painting a grim picture of Russia being quickly routed in a surprise Chinese attack, said that the war games were intended to discourage China from harboring expansionist plots.
Originally posted by LeBombDiggity
I don't doubt Russian forces are exercising. But those figures for troop movements, tank numbers etc are just hopelessly ambitious. I think the Russians would be fortunate to get 10 warships to sea at once in the Pacific and as for 5,000+ tanks ? Dubious stats I think.
Originally posted by SearchLightsInc
I wonder if countries ever practice peaceful diplomacy games, yano, just incase talks break out.