“The United States has concerns about any country exercising with Russia while Russia wages an unprovoked, brutal war against Ukraine,” a spokeswoman by the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, said while talking to reporters on Tuesday.
She added, “But, of course, every participating country will make its own decisions. And I’ll leave it at that.”
On the contrary, India’s secretary of defense said on Thursday that Indian troops have arrived in Russia to begin a week-long joint drill, despite recent U.S. reservations about any nation conducting such exercises at this time.
According to the Indian government, its military services have often participated in collaborative exercises in Russia with several other countries. India imports the bulk of its guns and ammunition from Russia.
On February 2022, Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns reported that 15,000 Russian soldiers had already been slaughtered in Ukraine during February only, which is as many fatalities as the Soviet army incurred in ten years of war in Afghanistan beginning in 1979. Three times that amount could have been injured.
Even though Russia has been at war with Ukraine for six months and has lost plenty of human resources and materials, Moscow declared in late July that it would conduct the “Vostok drill” in the state’s east.
Putin’s administration has not directed a mobilization of the nation’s stockpiles, which are thought to number over two million personnel who have served in the military during the previous five years, considering Russia’s significant losses and gradual advances in Ukraine.
Without going into specifics, the Russian ministry said that the current number of Ukrainian forces is adequate for executing the responsibilities and that the Russian military has not canceled any upcoming exercises, Vostok Drills, precisely.
The United States has recently strengthened its military alliance with India. Nevertheless, the American government is concerned about the presence of Indian soldiers in Russian military drills.
Finally, the Russian military training program, Vostok Drills, will continue from August 30 until September 5. Many nations have joined Russia despite the US’s open disapproval.