But the autocratic leader stressed it was a soldier's duty to defend his country and its allies and "therefore we are going to further strengthen our armed forces, supply them with the latest generations of weapons and equipment, develop global military partnership".
Major drills are now being staged in eastern Siberia close to the border with China and 300,000 Russian troops have been involved in the week-long exercise together with joint exercises alongside Chinese military counterparts.
The president, 65, arrived on Thursday at the Tsugol Range, where he inspected Russian soldiers taking part in the drill North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has derided as practice for a "large-scale conflict".
The drills started in the Russian Far East on September, 11.
"This is why we will continue to strengthen our armed forces, to provide them with cutting edge arms and equipment and develop our global military partnerships", he said. After completing the maneuvers on the ground was the show of military equipment and the parade.
"Today here, at the Tsugol range in the Zabaikalsky Territory, the most active stage of the (Vostok-2018) drills came to an end".
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Russian senator and reserve colonel, Frants Klintsevich, said: "It suited the West that our units and headquarters lacked combat skills and coordination, but times have changed; now we have a different attitude to combat readiness".
Speaking at Tsugol, situated close to the borders of China and Mongolia, Putin said the drills would help boost the country's internal security capabilities and to extend a helping hand to allies, reports Efe news.
Giles said Moscow's foreign policy decisions are "driven by delusions" such as the notion "Russia matters" and "hostile powers" are lining up to invade the country.
"The worse Russian Federation behaves, the more Moscow convinces itself that it needs hard military power to protect itself against notional aggressors".