Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu watch the Zapad-2017 war games, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: VCG)
Russia will hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades next month, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying on Tuesday by Russian news agencies.
The exercise, called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will take place in central and eastern Russian military districts and involve almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia's naval fleets, and all its airborne units, Russian news agencies reported.
It will be the biggest military exercise since 1981, Shoigu was cited as saying.