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Russia kicks off biggest war games in decades, amid tensions

/ 07:20 PM September 11, 2018

MOSCOW — Russia’s largest war games in recent history have kicked off in the Far East.

The Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the largest military drills since the end of the Cold War will involve about 36,000 tanks and 300,000 troops at sea and on the ground.

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China is sending 3,200 troops to take part in the Vostok 2018 exercises later this week.

The war games are held a year after Russia staged major drills in the country’s west last September, unnerving neighboring former Soviet republics.

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NATO and European governments are eyeing the exercises closely, watching to see what they reveal about military cooperation between Russia and China, and their mounting military might. /ee

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