Russia's Putin attends biggest post-Soviet war games in Siberia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (September 13) arrived at Tsugol firing range in the country's Siberia Zabaikalsky region to observe large military drills.

The exercise called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will run until Sept. 17. and involves deploying additional forces to Russia's far east and a naval build-up involving its Northern and Pacific fleets.

Russia hosted its war games close to the border with China, mobilizing 300,000 troops in a show of force that will include joint exercises with the Chinese army.

Vostok-2018 is taking place at a time of heightened tension between the West and Russia, and NATO has said it will monitor the exercise closely, as will the United States which has a strong military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.