Russia invites West "to show who has better army"

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov says the Russian army in the future hopes to take part in open competitions with the colleagues from the West.

Source: TASS

"It’s a kind of challenge to our colleagues. We are ready to come to their military ranges and demonstrate who is better, who is more powerful," Antonov told a news conference devoted to the upcoming International Army Games hosted by Russia in August, TASS is reporting.

"The upcoming games will demonstrate the combat capabilities of modern military hardware. Frankly, not all countries have decided to come to us, not only because of political, but also because of military-technical concerns. Some states did not hide that if they lose the competition to Russia, their equipment will have less export opportunities, as a result of which they may lose millions," TASS quoted Antonov as saying.

Almost 60 teams from 17 countries will participate in the International Army Games, and will, according to the deputy defense minister, involve 57 teams from 17 states and 20 groups of observers from six countries representing Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

In addition to the teams of the Russian Armed Forces, the military of Angola, Armenia, Venezuela, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Kuwait, Mongolia, Serbia and Tajikistan will take part, TASS reported.


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