Putin personally inspects his military's huge war games exercise alongside Chinese troops and pledges to beef up Russia's army with the latest generation of weapons
Vladimir Putin flew to far eastern Siberia on Thursday to personally oversee the third day of the massive Vostok 2018 war games.
The Russian President watched as 300,000 troops, 36,000 tanks and 1,000 aircraft went on manoeuvres at the Tsugol range, near the border with China.
Putin also watched a huge military parade in which Russian troops lined up alongside their Chinese and Mongolian counterparts.
After the parade he addressed the troops, pledging to further strengthen Russia's army though adding that his country is prepared to cooperate with others on the world stage.
He said: 'Russia is a peaceful state, we do not have and cannot have any aggressive plans.
'[But] Our duty to our country and Motherland is to be ready to protect sovereignty, security and national interests of our country and, if needed, to support allies.'
Putin also heaped praise on those who took part in the drills, saying: 'You demonstrated the high-level performance. All units and formations have fulfilled the set tasks.
'Our army and navy have passed such a difficult and big exam for the first time…
'All components of the troops' combat readiness, preparedness of the management bodies, units and formations as well as the organization of their cooperation… are subjected to comprehensive checks.'
The exercises are scheduled to continue for another four days at five ranges across the Russian far east, including in the Sea of Japan. However, Putin's visit marked an end to the most active part of the drills.
Vostok 2018 - which means East 2018 in English - is the largest Russian military exercise to take place in three decades and comes after Putin spent years modernising the country's military.