Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Chief of Russia's military's General Staff Valery Gerasimov, right, as he observes military exercises near the Baikal Lake in Russia

 

              Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to  Chief of Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Chief of Russia's military's General Staff Valery Gerasimov, right, as he observes military exercises near the Baikal Lake in Russia on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Russia has launched its biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)