“We conveyed to the Russian side our concerns about the activity of Russian troops near our country against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The government continues to collect information and will act accordingly,” said Hirokazu Matsuno, secretary general of the government of Japan, at a press conference in Tokyo. on the exercises is a challenge that Russia threw the US. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing a source in the Pentagon. in Ukraine is going on as usual, and combat training is on schedule.
About 50 thousand military personnel, more than 5 thousand units of weapons and military equipment, including 140 warships, boats and support vessels.
“If the army does not fight, then it learns to fight – this is an axiom,” retired lieutenant general Anatoly Khrulev told Gazeta. – Military exercises of different levels have their own purpose and purpose.
Figuratively speaking, arrows are drawn on maps not of a company stronghold, but on the scale of an entire military district or strategic direction “.
As follows from the statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the main task of the exercises is “improving the skills of commanders and headquarters in managing interspecific and coalition groupings of troops in repelling aggression in the eastern direction and in the Far Eastern sea zone.”
The exercises are also aimed at increasing compatibility and the level of interaction in solving joint tasks by coalition groupings of troops to maintain peace, protect interests and ensure military security in the eastern region.
“Exercises” Vostok -2022″ show a reflection of the historical process of confrontation between the West and the East, in which Russia, as the middle world between them, is assigned the geostrategic function of regulation,” historian, Colonel General Z Apas Leonid Ivashov. – The purpose of such exercises is not to scare someone, but to show their allies that they did not remain isolated. Find options for joint cooperation with different countries, prove that they are not satellites of some superpower, but partners who can ensure their own security and solve internal problems peacefully.
It is worth noting that, unlike the exercises of 2019, now Vostok-2022 has significantly expanded with the representation of the armies of foreign states. Among the participants are Algeria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Syria, Tajikistan. This is already a kind of coalition of forces that openly does not take the side of Russia, but indicates a loyal position towards Moscow by its assistance in the exercises.
It is known that China is participating in the Vostok-2022 maneuvers with the forces military personnel, 300 units of ground combat equipment, 21 aircraft and a helicopter, as well as three ships were sent. Similar numbers of participants from India and Belarus.
“In the context of Russia‘s special operation in Ukraine, this is a clear demonstration that Putin does not consider Ukraine as a point of application of maximum military efforts. The Kremlin is demonstrating to the West that the special operation does not bother him,” military political analyst Alexander Zimovsky told Gazeta. “To put it simply, it shows that Moscow is coping with the West collectively fighting against it in Ukraine without much effort.
Moscow thus unites its worst enemies.”
In general, the Vostok-2022 maneuvers are such a platform where each participant can show that he has foreign policy subjectivity, the political scientist notes. “This distinguishes us from Washington, which has no allies, but vassals,” Zimovsky believes.