The "Vostok-2022" war games will begin on Thursday the 8th

The “Vostok-2022” war games will begin on Thursday the 8th

President Vladimir Putin is again defying attempts by the United States and its allies to completely isolate him over his invasion of Ukraine. The plan is already in motion, and one of the targets is the possible threats from the US. Several military superpowers have announced their participation.

Specifically, more than 50,000 soldiers and 5,000 military equipment, including more than 140 aircraft and 60 warships, are to take part in the week-long “Vostok-2022” war games, which begin on Thursday in the far east of Russia, including naval exercises in the Sea of ​​Japan.

India will participate in the exercises alongside Russia

The regular exercises bring together member states and partners of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization of former Soviet republics, reports Bloomberg.

But even as the US courts India as a defense partner and urges it not to undermine international sanctions imposed on Russia over the war in Ukraine, the government in New Delhi is sending a small military contingent of 75 to the military exercises.

At the games, India, which has previously participated in exercises, has avoided taking a stand on Russia’s war in Ukraine, partly because of its reliance on Moscow as its main arms supplier, amid lingering border tensions with China and Pakistan .

However, the South Asian nation voted against Russia on the issue for the first time in a procedural vote last week in the UN Security Council, which allowed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to address the body via video link.

India also abandoned efforts to jointly produce helicopters with Russia and suspended another plan to buy about 30 fighter jets.

China and Belarus will also participate

Thus, the Ministry of Defense in Beijing stated that China’s army, air force and navy are participating in the exercises, which are aimed at strengthening military coordination. The Chinese Communist Party-backed Global Times said this year’s drills would focus on possible threats, particularly from the US in the Pacific region.

In his view, China’s role in the exercises “cannot be seen as a support” for Russia in relation to the conflict in Ukraine, said Vasili Kashin, a Russian military expert at the Moscow Higher School of Economics. “It just shows that military-to-military ties continue as usual.”

Russia’s ally Belarus is also participating in “Vostok-2022”, along with the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan, and other states including Syria, Algeria, Mongolia, Laos and Nicaragua.