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Russia to hold its biggest war games since fall of Soviet Union

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The war games, which will take place from Sept 11-15, are likely to worry Japan

So Russia holding military drills on its own territory is bad, but the US holding drills outside of its territory right along the border of another country is good.

Right... Got it.

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So Russia holding military drills on its own territory is bad, but the US holding drills outside of its territory right along the border of another country is good

More of the bizzare we live with now. Too bad the glaring stupidity is lost on so many.

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Is it stupid to assume Russia's holding these drills to remind 'the west' of Russia's military might, 

Yes, it is.

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These exercises are just like fire drills, they are a test of preparedness.

Ever country has a right to do them, within their own borders, like Russia does.

The US conducts them right along the border with North Korea, which is akin to sharpening your knife while standing in front of your neighbor's house.

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Burning BushToday 09:41 am JST

The US conducts them right along the border with North Korea, which is akin to sharpening your knife while standing in front of your neighbor's house.

With and at the invitation and request of South Korea.

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With and at the invitation and request of South Korea.

Don't forget the OP's original point. Russia is doing these exercises in their own country. No need for any invitation.

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I already started learning Chinese for after America...but Russian? Too difficult.

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@PTownsend

Is it stupid to assume Russia's holding these drills to remind 'the west' of Russia's military might, which it showed off in Syria, Georgia and elsewhere

Is it stupid for Russia to warn the West not to rely on military might to achieve its goals, just like it did in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and elswhere?

what might happen if European states don't buy Russian oil and gas

What might happen then? Please enlighten us.

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@asakaze Is it stupid for Russia to warn the West not to rely on military might to achieve its goals

Are you suggesting Russia's doing these exercises to 'warn the west not to rely on military might to achieve its goals'?

What might happen then? Please enlighten us.

Given Russia (and other empire's) history it could be any number of different things. The worst case is military intervention. RT says this is the biggest military exercise since Soviet days, and history is pretty clear what the Soviet military did to neighboring states. Another negative scenario could be elimination of political opposition, including journalists. Another possibility is Russia being able to dominate the economies of neighboring states by controlling oil and gas. And another is it will all work out for all sides.

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@PTownsend

Are you suggesting Russia's doing these exercises to 'warn the west not to rely on military might to achieve its goals'?

First priority of these exercises (just like of any exercises of any army) is to test the military capabilities. Secondly, yes, to send a message. With the track record of U.S./NATO, taking into consideration what they did to the countries they didn't' like, very prudent measure.

it could be any number of different things

Nothing gonna happen. The gas deal is very desireable for everybody concerned:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-27/why-world-worries-about-russia-s-natural-gas-pipeline-quicktake

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Ever country has a right to do them, within their own borders, like Russia does.

And every country has a right to choose who their friends and allies are and conduct joint war games within their borders. Poland, Lithuania all free to choose who they will ally themselves with. Given their history with Russia, quite understandably... Massive Russia hasn’t been shy about conducting war games (Zapad) right alongside smaller neighbor borders.

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BB - Russia and their allies have every right to practice with their military Open ocean, near any borders they or their partners legally hold. All fine.

We'll be watching, so make it look good.

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