Putin claims no aggressive intent as war games end

Putin claims no aggressive intent as war games end
By Mark Armstrong
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As Russia's huge military exercise comes to an end President Vladimir Putin says all his country wants in peace


As Russia's biggest military exercise since the Cold War comes to an end President Vladimir Putin has repeated that his country has no aggressive intent and only wants peace.

Over 300,000 thousand personnel have been involved in Vostok 2018, including thousands of troops from China and a contingent from Mongolia.

The air, sea and ground drills were witnessed by 87 observers invited from 57 countries.

The exercise has been taking place at a time of deteriorating relations between Russia and NATO over the annexation of Crimea and conflict elsewhere in Ukraine.

Putin went to inspect the final display of force and while he was there he decorated some of the soldiers at a military parade.

Addressing the soldiers, Putin said it was "our duty" to "be ready to fight for sovereignty, security, and the national interests of our country".

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