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Russian and Chinese Defence Ministers at VOSTOK 2018

General Wei Fenghe (centre) and General of the Army Sergei Shoigu (right) at the Tsugol training ground [image © Russian Federation MoD]

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during his visit to the VOSTOK 2018 manoeuvres at the Tsugol training ground.

 

Press Release, 12th September: Having held the closed meeting, the defence ministers inspected an auxiliary command post of the Eastern Military District, command post of the 29th Army and command post of the PLA combined formation.

 

Minister of National Defence of China General Wei Fenghe highly appreciated operation of the Russian command post at the VOSTOK 2018 manoeuvres. Besides, the Russian Defence Minister informed his counterpart about capabilities of the National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation.

 

According to Sergei Shoigu, the National Centre enables to take decision 24-hours a clock. “We had some operations when Chief of the General Staff and I supervised and control troops from work places in the Centre in real time. And this is not a one-time event. Today it is a comprehensive system in the Russian Armed Forces”, he said.

 

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu noted that with establishment of the National Centre for State Defence Control new command and control capabilities were created. “Most of this at the Tsugol training ground and at the VOSTOK 2018 manoeuvres is control in the National Centre for State Defence Control. More than 250 trains a day were involved in redeployment. And all of this required control”, the Russian Defence Minister said.

 

Having inspected the command posts at the Tsugol training ground, General Wei Fenghe emphasized the importance of the Russian-Chinese cooperation on operational and strategic levels. According to him, military and political leadership attach particular importance to it.

 

“We have agreed to hold such exercises on a regular basis”, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said.

[ Source: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation ]

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