Russia’s Vostok Exercises Were Both Serious Planning and a Show

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Publication Date 17/09/2018
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From 11 to 17 September 2018, the Russian armed forces conducted the active phase of the Vostok-2018 strategic military exercise. Throughout the week, Russia’s far east hosted a coordinated ballet of troops rehearsing across multiple strategic directions. In a twist, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army participated for the first time.

Russia’s massive drills were two things at once: a military drill where troops tested their combat preparedness, and a diplomatic exercise highlighting relations with China and Mongola and aimed at the West.

Vostok 2018 followed a similar exercise in 2017 called Zapad-2017.

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ECFR: Commentary, 25.09.18: Russian manoeuvres with Chinese characteristics

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