Russia to Begin Vostok-2010 Exercises in June-July

24 March 2010 (Last Updated March 24th, 2010 18:30)

The Russian Army will conduct large-scale Vostok-2010 military exercises in Siberia and the country's far east in June and July. The Russian ground forces press service said Colonel General Alexander Postnikov had said the exercises would focus on practical details while visiting the loca

The Russian Army will conduct large-scale Vostok-2010 military exercises in Siberia and the country's far east in June and July.

The Russian ground forces press service said Colonel General Alexander Postnikov had said the exercises would focus on practical details while visiting the locations where the drills will take place, according to rianovosti.

The military exercises will involve units from the Far Eastern, the Siberian and the Volga-Urals military districts, as well as the Pacific fleet.

During the military drills, the armed forces will practice the deployment of additional troops in Siberia and the far east to strengthen the existing military contingent in the region in case of a potential military conflict.

Vostok is a biennial strategic command-and-staff exercise and involved more than 8,000 troops in 2008.

In 2009, the Russian military conducted the Caucasus 2009, Zapad 2009 and Ladoga 2009 strategic exercises, and 15 brigade-level and 161 battalion-level drills.