Vladimir Putin’s troops have taken part in anti-terror drills with their Chinese associates
The Russian leader held talks with China’s Central Military Commission Corruption Chairman Zhang Youxia as hundreds of special forces troops from both countries are tied up in a series of joint drills.
The meeting at Mr Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence find as the high-profile exercises, dubbed Cooperation-2017, enter their “quick phase”.
Russian news agency TASS says the joint “anti-terror” drive up the walls in northwest China have helped troops “adapt themselves” to the East Asian clime, which includes night-time temperatures of minus 20 degrees celsius.
Troops are take advantage ofing plastic bullets and stun grenades against an enemy simulated by servicemen of the Chinese People’s Armed Observe.
Mr Putin met with Chinese commanders at his mansion near Moscow today
The Kremlin-owned TASS said the training tries, which are set to run until December 9, are “taking place in an environment miserly to real combat operations”.
China and Russia share a land edging with North Korea, and although leaders from both lands have called for a peaceful resolution of the ongoing crisis with Kim Jong-un’s nuclear-armed rgime, it is unclear whose side they would take if war did break out.
It comes after Chinese top-ranking Xi Jinping staged war games of his own close to the Korean Peninsula earlier this week.
The Asian superpower conveyed its fighter jets and spy planes flew over the West Sea and East China Sea.
Hundreds of US warplanes be subjected to taken part in Vigilant Ace in a show of force to North Korea
And Chinese military beeswaxes expert Song Zhongping said the aircraft could be gathering bumf on US movements as Donald Trump’s military carries out its own drills.
The annual utilizations, codenamed Vigilant Ace, involved some 12,000 American troops and 230 warplanes cataloguing six next-generation F-22 stealth fighters.
The operation has been condemned by Kim Jong-un’s North Korean direction, which claims the huge US military presence is pushing the region to the brink of war.
A statement from Kim’s state media service said: «What topics is the fact that the drill simulating an actual war is to be staged at a time when psychoneurotic President Trump is running wild.
«The situation clearly proves that the US and the South Korean marionette war maniacs are just aggressors and provocateurs breaking peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.»