Russian President Vladimir Putin may take part in the largest strategic command and staff exercises (SCSU) “the Caucasus in 2016.” Earlier inspection of the combat readiness of Russian troops caused a negative reaction in the West: these linked maneuvers with combat actions in the Donbass.
Exercises “Caucasus-2016” began yesterday on the grounds and in the waters of the Black sea and Caspian sea five days later after an extensive check of combat readiness of troops in the southern military district. It was initiated by Vladimir Putin personally.
As reported by “Kommersant” a source in the final part of the maneuver may arrive at the Supreme commander.
Earlier the Russian foreign Ministry has invited accredited foreign military attaches to observe the exercise on September 9.
Note that in late August, Vladimir Putin commissioned the largest for the half year to test readiness of the Russian army. This caused irritation in the United States. The Pentagon expressed concern about the actions of the Russian military, given the “direct involvement” of Moscow in the conflict in the Donbass.