Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, as he observes military exercises from a helicopter near the Baikal Lake on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Chief of Russia’s military’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov sits at center. The maneuvers in Siberia and the far eastern region involved 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks _ a massive show of force unprecedented since the Soviet times. . (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)