Hundreds of thousands of Russian troops will take part in the country's largest-ever military drills, in a massive show of force featuring Chinese soldiers that have rattled the West. The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018', which will kick off in eastern Siberia and includes the Chinese and Mongolian armies has been condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for "large-scale conflict".After hosting an economic forum in Russia's far eastern city Vladivostok where his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is one of the prominent guests, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Vostok-2018. The military exercises come at a time of escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over accusations of Russian interference in western affairs and ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. The Russian Army has compared the show of force to the USSR's 1981 war games that saw between 100,000 and 150,000 Warsaw Pact soldiers take part in "Zapad-81" (West-81), the largest military exercises of the Soviet era. But this time would be even larger, with 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, and 1,000 planes and 80 warships taking part in drills. The Russian Army will roll out all of its latest additions for the event, including Iskander missiles that can carry nuclear warheads, T80, and T-90 tanks and its recent Su-34 and Su-35 fighter planes. The Russian fleet will deploy several frigates equipped with Kalibr missiles at the sea that have been used in Syria.