Russian military exercises do not imply confrontation with West - Putin

Other News Materials 14 February 2008 14:40 (UTC +04:00)

(Interfax)  - The Russian strategic aviation will continue  its  exercises, but this does not imply confrontation with the West, President  Vladimir  Putin  told  a  Thursday  press conference in


"We do not intend confrontation. I hope that will never happen," he said.

The  flights  of  Russian  strategic  aircraft  "mirror the growing potential of our armed forces," he said.

"We  will  continue  to  train  our pilots and upgrade our military hardware,  including  aircraft.  How  could  we do that without flights? Certainly, we will carry them on," Putin said.