Vladimir Putin inspects war games, vows to beef up army

Putin watches war games billed as Russia's biggest ever; China taking part

Putin watches war games billed as Russia's biggest ever; China taking part

Vostok-2018, set to become the largest military exercises held by Russian Federation in over 35 years, are being held on September 11-17 at five ranges in the east of Russian Federation, and in the waters of the Sea of Japan, Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

Russian Federation has said the Vostok-2018 exercises involve almost 300,000 troops and all types of military equipment, as well as the participation of the Chinese and Mongolian armies.

"It is our duty to our country and homeland to be ready to defend its sovereignty, security and national interests, and if necessary - to support the allies", Putin said.

36,000 tanks, 80 ships, and nearly 1,000 aircraft are taking part, according to the country's Ministry of Defense.

Putin said the war games demonstrate the Russian army is capable of countering military threats, without naming the aggressors.

Seahawks host linebacker Mychal Kendricks on free agent visit
Kendricks was indicted along with "Black-ish" TV writer Damilare Sonoiki, a Harvard educated former investment banker. He also claimed he didn't take any of the profits for himself but didn't elaborate on where the money went.

FEMA chief under investigation over use of official cars
Long is the latest in a long line of Trump administration officials to come under fire for misusing government funds on travel. Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not a part of my track record in my whole entire career.

Carolina Residents Who Refused to Evacuate Calling for Help
The rest of SC and North Carolina into southwestern Virginia will experience 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals up to 15 inches. In addition, the center said tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina Saturday.

The head of the military department also noted that Vostok 2018 maneuvers are the largest event of the Russian Armed Forces combat training.

"For this reason, we are committed to further strengthening our armed forces and supplying them with the most up-to-date weapons and equipment, as well as promoting global cooperation".

Moscow and Beijing have vowed to stage regular joint war games similar to the massive ones being held this week, Russia's defence minister said.

But Putin played down the threat of Russian militarism, declaring his country a "peace-loving state". "We do not and can not have aggressive plans", the head of state said. The official noted that 91 observers from 57 countries, NATO Military Liaison Mission and EU Delegation to Russian Federation attend the large-scaled exercises.

Recommended News

  • Trump administration to send US cellphones a test alert on Thursday

    Trump administration to send US cellphones a test alert on Thursday

    Everyone will then receive this message in English: "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System ". But it won't be a political message or attack on one of his perceived enemies-or at least, it's not supposed to be.
    Rental Companies Brace for Turkish Foreign Currency Ban

    Rental Companies Brace for Turkish Foreign Currency Ban

    The Turkish Central Bank earlier signaled that its monetary policy would be adjusted in an effort to support the Turkish lira . Such measures are largely believed to have led to a sharp decline in the value of Turkey's national currency.
    Wind approaches outer banks of North Carolina

    Wind approaches outer banks of North Carolina

    It's hard to believe while looking at these images, but this isn't even the biggest storm devastating the planet right now. One team from Maryland helped with about 40 rescues in New Bern starting Thursday, member Mitchell Rusland said.
  • Booming sales for Woodward's 'Fear,' Trump presidency book

    Booming sales for Woodward's 'Fear,' Trump presidency book

    Some former White House officials who spoke with Woodward have tried to distance themselves from the book. In 2004, Bill Clinton's memoir "My Life" sold more than 1 million copies within eight days.
    Mother, baby dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

    Mother, baby dead as Hurricane Florence drenches the Carolinas

    As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina , along with 119,000 in SC . New Bern, home to approximately 30,000 people, sits about 37 miles northeast of Jacksonville on the banks of the Neuse River.
    Sarri Concedes Chelsea Not Title Contenders This Season

    Sarri Concedes Chelsea Not Title Contenders This Season

    In one moment of the season, everybody was saying it was the worst for Chelsea in the last 10 years. "It's very hard . The gap last season was 30 points so I think to go above 30 points in one season is very, very hard .
  • Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast

    Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast

    The gradually slowing but still life-threatening storm is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 kph). The mayor of Myrtle Beach says her city has done as much as it can to prepare for Hurricane Florence.
    Bring on Pacquiao, says Amir

    Bring on Pacquiao, says Amir

    And if he's messed with Brook's head, just that little bit more, that's two missions accomplished in one night. Moreover, British rival Kell Brook was also ringside, itching to get his arch foe to sign to fight in December.
    Jurgen Klopp bites back at Gary Neville over Champions League remarks

    Jurgen Klopp bites back at Gary Neville over Champions League remarks

    Neville was nearly definitely speaking in a theoretical sense here, merely offering a point of view, a kind of thought experiment. Mauricio Pochettino was a keen observer in the stands as Tottenham U23s beat Manchester City 2-0 at Stevenage on Friday evening.
  • 7 tourists injured as cliff collapses at popular Greek beach

    7 tourists injured as cliff collapses at popular Greek beach

    A couple of small vessels overturned from the force of the fall that caused high waves, witnesses told authorities. The coastguard later said everyone who had visited the beach on tourist boats had been accounted for.
    Germany says ready to contribute to Syria rebuilding

    Germany says ready to contribute to Syria rebuilding

    Idlib makes up a major chunk of Syria's northwest corner, the last bastion of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. The UN said as many as 800,000 people could be displaced by the assault on Idlib and the surrounding areas.
    President Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death statistics

    President Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death statistics

    President Donald Trump is denying that 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria . Puerto Rico , an unincorporated territory of the USA , is home to some 3.3 million people.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.