Russia's military exercise is done and over with but the discussion about it is not likely to die down any soon. Russian officials had claimed that less than 13000 troops would be taking part in the exercise. This was viewed with great skepticism by American intelligence officials as the country has not adhered to such numbers in the past. Going by how many troops participated in earlier maneuvers, American intelligence officials predicted that far more troops should be expected and this turned out to be a very accurate assessment indeed. The military exercise involved a counter-terrorism drill carried out in the Baltic Sea area, Belarus, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg.
Russian troops from other location also participate
The numbers initially given by the Russians for the military exercise swelled after troops from other locations also joined in. Reports indicate that the exercise had troops from the Arctic, Black Sea, Far East, Abkhazia and other regions participating as well. This took the number up by a few thousands. In effect, the exercise turned out to be a full-fledged flexing of arms by the Russian and Belarusian military might, according to NATO officials. Apart from the troops, the military exercise also put on display submarines, fighter jets, anti-ship missile, tanks, nuclear ballistic missiles and much more.
Russian bid to reclaim global position
It is believed that the display of military has been carried out as a well-planned move to show the world that Russia is capable of holding a significant position in the global political scenario. President Putin has made no secret about his goal to showcase Russia as a power to contend with and this military exercise is being viewed as part his plan to fulfill this goal.
The weeklong exercise held during the latter half of September made it clear that Russia has accumulated new technology since its last display of military power. It is also evident that the Russians have managed to enhance their information gathering skills as well and this is bound to make their military far more effective.
The U.S. Joint Chief of Staffs has been reviewing the exercise and sources say that a complete assessment of Russia's military might will be ready in a few months' time. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs, Joseph Dunford Jr, has said that the implications of this on the security concerns for the U.S will be studied in depth.