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Russia to hold 4,000 military exercises in 2019

Russia increases combat capabilities in response to U.S. intention to withdraw from nuclear treaty

Elena Teslova   | 04.12.2018
Russia to hold 4,000 military exercises in 2019 Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Russia's First Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov (R) attend main stage of Zapad 2017, joint Russian and Belarusian military exercises, at Luzhsky range in Leningrad Region of Russia on September 18, 2017. ( Mikhail Klimentyev / Russian Presidential Press and Information Office / Handout - Anadolu Agency )

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By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW 

Russia will increase combat capabilities in response to the U.S. intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, Russian defense minister said on Tuesday.

On Oct. 21, U.S. President Donald Trump had announced his intention to withdraw from the treaty.

Speaking to Russian military and intelligence leaders in Moscow, Sergey Shoygu said the country will conduct 4,000 military exercises of different scales, as well as 8,500 combat exercises in 2019.

"Center" military drill in September 2019 will be the final event of the war-games, Shoygu said.

Earlier, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. spent $716 billion for the military purposes in 2018.

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