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President Vladimir Putin said that Russian Federation will continue to strengthen its armed forces so that they are able to defend the sovereignty of the country and support allies.

While vowing to empower the country's military further, Putin said that the exercises had demonstrated the troops' ability "to deflect potential military threats".

Addressing a gathering of the soldiers, Putin said Russian Federation was a peaceful country ready for cooperation with any state interested in partnership, but that it was a soldier's duty to be ready to defend his country and its allies.

He commended them for their "high-level performance" in the "most active stage" of Vostok-2018.

He also said that the Russian armed forces will be further boosetd, supplied with weapons and equipment of latest generations.

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The court heard that the goalkeeper had been out at a restaurant that evening, where he had been bought drinks by other customers. Accompanied by two associates, Lloris was greeted at court by a media scrum but quickly navigated his way into the building.

According to the Ministry of defence, troops of the Central and Eastern military districts and soldiers of the people's liberation army of China and the Mongol army developed to repel the attack of the imaginary enemy with the subsequent transition to the offensive.

Chinese troops have joined the Russians.

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 began its biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union on Tuesday close to its border with China, mobilising 300,000 troops in a show of force that will include joint exercises with the Chinese army.


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