Russia Invites NATO Militaries to Come Compete in the International Army Games

China, India, Pakistan, Israel, Philippines and 35 other countries are likely to be there

Russia’s defense minister said it is sending out invitations to NATO states to take part in annual Moscow-led military drills called the “International Army Games.”

Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has invited “troops from 90 countries including NATO members,” the ministry said on its website on Friday, January 24.

The games include events such as tank biathlon, where tank crews practice shooting, as well as an obstacle course.

This year’s games will focus on “security as a whole, medical care and logistics,” and should be visually entertaining, Shoygu said.

Around 6,000 troops were expected to take part in the event that runs from late August to early September, the ministry said.

Earlier this week, Chief of the General Staff of the French Armed Forces General François Lecointre said that France and Russia had been in talks for several months to find common ground in conflicts and “avoid confrontations that would be unfortunate for them as for us.”

Perhaps in the future, “we could envisage the possibility of joint operational preparations,” he said, though “we are not there yet.”

Last year, several European Union countries sent observers and Greece took part in the exercise.

The games, which have been held since 2015, usually include former Communist regimes such as China, Vietnam and Angola, as well as Russian allies like Iran. [A more exhaustive list of past participants would include Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe. The 2019 iteration was hosted across 10 separate countries including India and China.]

NATO and Russia often spook each other with war games close to the border between Russia and eastern flank NATO allies.

Source: The Defense Post


Russia’s Defense Ministry has invited 90 countries, including NATO members, to participate in the 2020 International Army Games, Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting of the Games’ organizing committee.

He noted that the 6th Army Games were scheduled to be held between August 23 and September 5.

“Invitations have been sent to 90 countries, including members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” Shoigu stated.

According to him, over 20,000 servicemen from 40 countries have taken part in the games in the past five years.

Shoigu added that 250 teams totaling 6,000 people were expected to take part in the event in 2020.

The Army Games preliminaries are underway in the Russian army, involving about 50,000 servicemen, the defense minister specified.

  1. Ulricht says

    Would be nice if New Zealand showed up but I doubt they have the guts.

    1. Grant Laird says

      Why would you think that?
      New Zealand has zero problem about standing up to Bullies.
      New Zealand is one of the few Countries to tell the usa to take its Nuke Armed or Powered Warships out of New Zealand Harbours and Territorial Waters,
      stick them where the Sun don’t Shine..

      New Zealand set to mark anti-nuclear victory over the United States

      1. Robert Mcconnell says

        Come on Grant, you’re going back thirty five years. That episode frightened the kiwi business community and other American bum suckers to death. Lange died and with him went the will to resist. Today NZ is listed as one of the many US vassal states that has crawled so far up uncle Sam’s arse only their feet are showing. NZ is on board with all American military misadventures, false flags, coalitions of the spineless and total cooperation with the empire including the latest fashionable demonizing of China and Russia. NZ is a beautiful place to live but omg the population are living like mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed on shit.

        1. Down to Earth Thinking says

          Excellent analysis, a herd of a different kind of sheep. The simple truth is every nation mentioned are kept in the dark and fed on PRAVDA/MSM garbage. USA is no better or worse they all are control freak elitist scamming their people and living high on their backs !

          Please tell me how the Wuyguir camps in China are good thing ? and the Russians in Chechnya were as well ? It is all control freak junk including the Deep Staters of USA !


  2. thomas malthaus says

    NATO is probably sending their observers and not equipment and troops..

  3. Godfree Roberts says

    300 US military personnel arrived in Wuhan for the Military World Games on October 19, 2019.

    The first coronavirus case appeared two weeks later, on November 2.

    The Coronavirus incubation period is 14 days.

    Two weeks later the pandemic struck at Wuhan, a major transport hub for the high-speed train network, and with 60 air routes with direct flights to most of the world’s major cities, as well as more than 100 internal flights to major Chinese cities right at the Spring Festival travel rush when hundreds of millions move from and through Wuhan.

  4. Tony Piercy says

    I don’t think many nato members would want to be totally embarrassed and beaten by the Russian and Chinese crews !
    The great US of A , would never risk such an embarrassment of their “great warriors ” , ha ha ha .

    1. Down to Earth Thinking says

      Likely some truth here, as US military is actully a bunch of wimps 100% depenedent on forms of tech, not personal ability any longer.

  5. Jasonovich says

    I’m assuming the United States wont be participating, not a bad thing, considering ‘Friendly Fire’ incidents will remain on the doorstep of Uncle Sams.

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