Russian Armed Forces ready to withstand potential threats: Putin

Vladimir Putin observes the Vostok 2018 military exercises in Transbaikal territory

According to previous estimates, about 300,000 troops were set to participate in the maneuvers.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesman Dylan White said: "All nations have the right to exercise their armed forces, but it is essential that this is done in a transparent and predictable manner".

More than a thousand soldiers took part in a hyper-realistic recreation of a theater of war and explosions interrupted the normally tranquil region, one of the few in Russian Federation where the population is predominantly Buddhist.

"Russia is a peace-loving state, we do not have and can not have any aggressive plans, Our foreign policy is aimed at (development of) the constructive cooperation with all the countries interested in that", Putin said while attending the exercises.

On site, Mr Putin praised the "mastery" of the Russian army and its "ability to deal with potential threats".

The main stage of the Vostok-2018 strategic drills was held at the Tsugol firing range in the Trans-Baikal Region. You demonstrated the high-level performance.

The Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov said earlier that the exercises were preceded by a full cycle of preparatory measures, including sudden checks, as well as command and staff training.

The participation of the People's Liberation Army surprised many experts.

"Therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop worldwide military partnership", he added.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Fomin stressed last week that the Vostok-2018 war games are not an anti-NATO event despite claims made by Western media, and that they are held several thousand kilometers away from Russia's western borders.

Russian Federation hosted its war games close to the border with China, mobilizing 300,000 troops in a show of force that will include joint exercises with the Chinese army.

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