Russian Defence Minister summarises Vostok 2018 maneuvers
Today, Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has held a meeting to summirese the biggest exercises in the Russian modern history - Vostok 2018 maneuvers.
Sergei Shoigu recalled that the drills were held on Septemeber 11-17.
The event attracted the troops of the Eastern and Central Military Districts, the Northern Fleet and the Airborne Forces, as well as part of the long-range, military-transport and operational-tactical aviation of the Aerospace Forces.
In total, some 300,000 servicemen will take part in maneuvers, more than 1,000 aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, up to 36,000 tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and other vehicles, up to 80 ships and support vessels were involved.
Military formations and units covered up to 7,000km, and Northern Fleet ships sailed up to 4,000 miles.
The Russian Defence Minister stressed the international status of the maenuvers as it was attended by troops of the People's Liberation Army of China and Mongolian armed forces.
"It is the first time as we hold such large-scale combat exercises jointly with foreign armed forces. We shall develop this military cooperation to enhance stability and security in the Eurasian area", Sergei Shoigu said.
It is also important to note that ministries, departments and state authorities of 20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation were involved in the maneuvers. They practiced the planning and implementation of joint activities of territorial and civil defence.
The Minister of Defence paid special attention to the fact that the maneuvers had become unprecedented in their openness.
The world community was provided with all the information about the purpose and the participants.
Briefings were held for the Russia - NATO Council, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Forum and also for the foreign military attaché. On our own initiative related notifications were submitted through OSCE.
Before the maneuvers the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces briefed more than 80 military attaché and 187 representatives of the media about the objectives and tasks of the event.
The event was covered by 326 Russian and foreign media outlets.
The maneuvers were attended by 87 observers from 59 countries.
The Minister of Defence stated that all objective of the maneuvers were achieved in full.
Sergei Shoigu highly estimated the maneuvers, which showcased increasing results in field, air and naval training.
According to the Russian Defence Minister, the experience gathered at the maneuvers will be used during command training measures in the next academic year.