Russia's War Games: Increased drills not 'threat' to West - Russia's defense minister

10:56 Oct. 13, 2016

Increased drills not 'threat' to West - Russia's defense minister

Russian Defense Ministry press service, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks in the Defense Ministry headquarters in Moscow on July 28, 2016 (AP photo)

Western countries have repeatedly voiced concerns over Russia's massive military manoeuvres  

Recent large-scale Russian military exercises are not intended to threaten or send a signal to the West or other countries, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on October 12, RFE/RL reports.

"The large-scale operational and combat training measures of our Armed Forces are not signals to anyone, let alone threats. They are a necessary condition for ensuring the combat readiness of any country's military organization," Shoigu said at a meeting on the Caucasus 2016 drills conducted last month.

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"We have recently heard many reproaches from our Western partners, who are concerned about the level of combat readiness and combat potential of our armed forces, which increased in the past few years. Attempts are being made to present routine measures of our operative and combat training as 'threatening' signals to the neighboring countries. There are talks about a military threat, a new cold war, another arms race going on," the minister said.

"No doubt, it's not so. Our armed forces should guarantee the country's security," he added.

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