Source (example): https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/28/world/europe/russia-military-drills.html 300,000 Troops and 900 Tanks: Russia’s Biggest Military Drills Since Cold War Russia is mobilizing for its biggest military exercise since the height of the Cold War, the Kremlin says, citing a tense international climate that is “frequently aggressive and unfriendly toward us.” The exercises, which are set to involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops, 1,000 aircraft and 900 tanks, will also include units from China for the first time. They will start on Sept. 11. In a separate display of military power, Russia was reported on Tuesday to have assembled a large flotilla of warships off the coast of Syria. Russian news media outlets, citing unnamed defense ministry officials, described it is as Russia’s largest naval deployment in the area since Moscow first intervened in Syria’s civil war in September 2015. The move follows a flurry of claims by Russia, unsupported by evidence, that the West is preparing to stage a fake chemical weapons attack inside Syria as a pretext for an assault on the forces of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Let's just look at the facts: "Vostok 2018" takes place in the middle of Siberia between the Urals and the Pacific coast ... so far away from Europe and also Syria. Of course, and rightly so, Russia is upset about the West due for these stupid statements and allegations and policies towards Russia, and the above-cited NYT article is a good example. There is an admittedly big maneuver at the butt of the world in Russia and already indirect and direct links and connections with Syria are made. Surely our governmental jitters in the US and Europe in the whole see again a threat to Europe somehow and will express concern about the allegedly evil Russian aggressiveness. That NATO in the Baltic States and in Poland ... so on the doorstep of Russia ... about two months ago made a major maneuver with about 20,000 soldiers and such maneuvers take place in this scale many times a year, we are more silent and concentrate rather, what the evil Russian Bear does! No, I defend neither Russia nor Putin and certainly not I am "I hate the West Troll" ... but I see things more objectively from both angles with neutral eye!