Dmitry Pascutto: Dmitry Azarov / Kommersant
The cost of the defense capability of Russia, including military exercises “Vostok-2018”, in the current international situation is appropriate, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. It was quoted by RIA Novosti on Tuesday, August 27.
“The social security system, the pension system is a constant of public policy is very important, but also the defense of the country in the current international situation, which can often be very aggressive and hostile towards our country, are justified, necessary and uncontested”, — said Peskov.
So a Kremlin spokesman said the question of whether the costs of large-scale military exercises at a time when people are concerned about the state of the economy.
Earlier Tuesday, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the largest since the times of Leonid Brezhnev’s military exercises, which involved about 300 thousand soldiers and about 36 thousand units of ground equipment. The maneuvers called “Vostok-2018” will take place from 11 to 15 September in almost all ranges of the Central and Eastern military districts. They will participate in the Pacific and Northern fleets, as well as units of the armies of China and Mongolia.
Exercises “West-81” took place from 4 to 12 September 1981 on the territory of Belarus, Kiev and the Baltic military districts, as well as in the Baltic sea. In addition to the Soviet Union exercises were also carried out on the territory of several friendly countries.
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