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NATO believes that the exercises “Vostok-2018” in Russia, the show focused on the preparations for a major conflict. This was announced by the acting representative of the Alliance Dylan white, RIA Novosti reported.
“It fits into the picture that we have observed for some time: a more assertive Russia, greatly increasing its defense budget and its military presence. Moreover, Russia has demonstrated a willingness to use military force against its neighbours, e.g. Ukraine and Georgia,” he said.
According to white, the unit will monitor the maneuvers. “We regularly monitor the Russian exercise. We do the same with the “East-2018″” he said.
A NATO spokesman added that “all countries have the right to train its armed forces, but it also has to be made transparent and predictable.” He also noted that the military attaches of the NATO countries were invited to observe the exercise, and this proposal is considered.
Exercises “Vostok-2018” will take place from 11 to 15 September. They will be the biggest since the General Secretary of the CPSU Leonid Brezhnev: in them will take part about 300 thousand soldiers and about 36 thousand units of ground equipment. In addition to the Russian troops, in one of the stages of the exercises will involve units of the armies of China and Mongolia.
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