Russian military ready for drills near Afghan border

EKATERINBURG (Monitoring Desk): About 1,000 Russian servicemen will take part in a trilateral exercise in Tajikistan near the border with Afghanis-tan, according to the Cen-tral Military District (CVD).

“About 1,000 Russian servicemen will take part in a trilateral tactical exercise of the military contingents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which will be held from 5 to 10 August in the south of Tajikistan,” the statement said.

The exercise at the Harb-Maidon training ground will be held in three stages. During the first stage, the servicemen will work out preparations for a joint ope-ration of the joint group of troops of the armed forces of Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to destroy terrorist gangs. At the second stage, joint tasks will be completed to destroy the invading conditional bandit groups. At the final stage, the destruction of radical t-errorist groups will take pl-ace when crossing the state border. At all stages of the exercise, subunit comman-ders and command headquarters will practice tactical actions using reconnaissance-fire and reconnaissance-strike complexes.

The main purpose of the exercise is to improve practical skills in the destruction of terrorist gangs when trying to cross the state border. In addition, it is planned to work out management issues in the course of conducting joint actions to destroy illegal armed formations, as well as increasing the personnel’s moral and combat qualities, psychological stability and physical endurance in a hot climate and mountainous desert terrain, the Central Military District said.

The basis of the Russian military contingent will be the units of the 201st military base, including mountain motorized rifle, tank, artillery units, as well as groups of a special separate special-purpose unit of the Central Military District. In addition, RCB protection specialists and mobile electronic warfare groups will be involved in the exercise.

In total, more than 1.5 thousand servicemen and about 300 units of weapons and military equipment will be involved in tactical actions from the three countries, the district notes.

Under an agreement sig-ned in October 2012, Russ-ia’s military base in Tajiki-stan will remain until 2042.

The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the exercises in Tajikistan are a signal to the Central Asian partners against the background of the escalation in Afghanistan that there are joint forces that will solve the problem of maintaining security.

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