What are the military exercises Vostok-2022 attended by Putin and what does China have to do with it?
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What are the military exercises Vostok-2022 attended by Putin and what does China have to do with it?

Russian President Vladimir Putin today attended the final phase of the Vostok-2022 military exercises, in which China also participated by sending over two thousand soldiers and 300 vehicles to underline the relationship of mutual trust between the two countries.

Vladimir Putin sees himself in an official event. In fact, the Russian president attended the final stages of the so-called Vostok-2022 military exercises underway in the Russian Far East, in Vladivostok, where the seventh Eastern Economic Forum is also scheduled.

Units of the Russian armed forces and other allied countries, including China, which have sent an impressive military delegation with over two thousand soldiers and 300 vehicles, take part in the exercises, which began on September 1st and will end tomorrow, Wednesday September 7th. including 21 fighter planes and three warships to underline the relationship of mutual trust between the two countries.

As part of Vostok-2022, the Russian and Chinese navies will also practice joint action in the Sea of ​​Japan. However, Beijing has been keen to underline in recent days that its presence is “extraneous to the current situation at the regional and international level”, with clear reference to the war in Ukraine.

The maneuvers, which take place every four years, are attended by 5,000 soldiers from various former Soviet countries, such as Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as, beyond Beijing, also from India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Syria. According to Moscow, in total, over 50,000 soldiers and more than five thousand units of military equipment, including 140 aircraft and 60 ships, were involved in the exercises, with the aim, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, to perfect “the joint defense of the routes. maritime and areas of economic activity “.

After his appearance in Vladivostok, Putin is planning an official trip to Central Asia in mid-September, during which he could meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.