Putin and Shoigu rest during the hunting and fishing trip earlier this month in southern Siberia.
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Russia will next month hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.Called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), it will take place in central and eastern Russian military districts and involve almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia's naval fleets and all its airborne units, Shoigu said in a statement.Shoigu said the war games would be the biggest since a Soviet military exercise, Zapad-81 (West-81), in 1981 .When asked if the cost of holding such a massive military exercise was justified at a time when Russia is faced with higher social spending demands, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said such war games were essential.
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