Berlin the People’s Republic of China sends troops to a joint military exercise Russia, dubbed “Vostok,” starting Tuesday and slated to last a week. As early as 2021, the armed forces of the two countries had practiced together on land and at sea several times.
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What goals is Moscow pursuing with the cooperation?
Stephen Master is a Russia expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP): “Other states are also taking part in this military maneuver under Russian leadership, including Belarus, India, Tajikistan and Mongolia. So it is not a bilateral event between Russia and China. It is important for Russia to demonstrate that it is not isolated and that it also has military partners, despite Western sanctions over the war against them Ukraine.
The Russian army conducts important exercises alone, without a partner. Stefan Meister, DGAP