But from August 1 to 15, Russia will still get to showcase its military might.
The International Army Games, which are taking place outside of Moscow, are Russia’s way of strengthening military cooperation with 16 countries during a time of increased international isolation for Moscow, while also showcasing the country’s sizable arms industry.
Given the frosty relations between Russia and the West following the Ukraine crisis, the list of the countries participating in the games are not entirely surprising, as they’re mostly Russian neighbours, traditional allies, or states with notably independent-minded foreign policies.
The countries invited to the International Army Games include: Azerbaijan, Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Venezuela.
Here are some of the most impressive images from the military games.
The 'Paratrooper's Platoon' military game during the event also featured obstacle courses and accuracy challenges.
Here, a Russian paratrooper fires a weapon during an accuracy portion of the Paratrooper's Platoon military game.
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