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Russia's huge war games aren't actually that strong a message to the West

5 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters
The Vostok 2018 exercises taking place in Russia's far east are the largest since the cold war.
With 300,000 Sino-Russian troops, the exercises are clearly intended as a message to the West.
However, analysts say the exercises are less portentous than they appear - and not as large as they have been described.
They are the most massive war games in Russia since the height of the cold war. And the Vostok 2018 exercises, now underway in Russia's Far East, demonstrate an unprecedented level of Sino-Russian geopolitical unity.
The exercises, kicked off this...
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