On Thursday, Russia launched large-scale military exercises in which many allies, including China, participated, in a sign of a closer rapprochement between Moscow and Beijing amid tensions with the United States. Also participating in the proceedings are Belarus, Mongolia and Tajikistan.
The exercises, code-named Vostok 2022 (Orient 2022), will be held in the Far East until September 7, while Moscow has been in a massive offensive against Ukraine since February. China, for its part, has been in a diplomatic crisis with the United States since Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited Taiwan in August.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Vostok 2022 maneuvers began Thursday morning with combat maneuvers, movements of anti-aircraft units and simulation of mine sweeping in the Sea of Japan.
The ministry said in a statement that combat aircraft crews should be trained to intercept targets in air and air strikes against targets on the ground. It distributed pictures and videos of military planes taking off and flying in modular and anti-aircraft (Pantsir-S1) vehicles performing maneuvers.
More than 50 thousand soldiers are being mobilized to participate in the exercises, according to Moscow, as well as more than 5,000 pieces of weapons and equipment, including 140 aircraft, 60 warships and support. Soldiers from neighboring countries or allies of Russia, such as Belarus, Syria, India, and especially China are involved.
Washington is concerned about the rapprochement between China and Russia, which have close defense ties. The United States believes that rapprochement threatens world peace.
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