Russia cancels exercises targeting NATO. Shoigu’s surprising translation

Russia will not carry out the major Zapad maneuvers this year, which mainly target countries on NATO’s eastern flank.

– No, this year we have exercises in Ukraine – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a press conference, answering a question from journalists about the organization of the Zapad 2023 exercises.

Russia last carried out the Zapad (West) maneuvers with its ally Belarus in September 2021, five months before the invasion of Ukraine. It was reported at the time that 200,000 people took part in it. soldiers.

The Russian-Belarusian exercises, targeting members of NATO’s eastern flank, have so far been held every two years and were scheduled for September this year.

The UK Ministry of Defense previously inquired about the possibility of canceling this year’s Zapad exercises. “Russia has probably canceled Zapad-2023 because it has too few troops and equipment,” the British side said in an intelligence update published on August 28.

The Zapad maneuvers are cancelled. Russia prefers to practice with North Korea over Belarus

Moscow officially confirmed the cancellation of the Zapad exercises a few days after reports that Russia planned to organize joint exercises with North Korea.

On Monday, citing US officials, the New York Times reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the Eastern Economic Forum, which will take place at Vladivostok University from September 10-13.

According to the newspaper’s interlocutors, Kim Jong-un will arrive in Russia from Pyongyang on his armored train. “NYT” sources do not rule out that the North Korean dictator will also visit Moscow.

During the talks, the parties plan to discuss the supply of artillery shells and anti-tank missiles from the DPRK. Kim, in turn, hopes that Putin will provide North Korea with food aid and advanced technology for satellites and nuclear submarines.

Source: Do Rzeczy