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CSTO drills kick off in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Collective Security Treaty Organization collective forces (CSTO), composed by former Soviet countries, launched a series of military exercises as part of the Combat Brotherhood drill in Tajikistan.

A total of four thousand soldiers and more than 500 vehicles will participate in the exercises named Echelon 2021, Search 2021 and Interaction 2021 that integrate the practices that will be carried out in two polygons in the country, according to the press service of the organization.

It was explained that Echelon 2021 will train the military in providing material and technical support when preparing and conducting a joint operation, while Search 2021 will have personnel drilling in reconnaissance tasks.

In the case of the Interaction 2021 joint exercise, the troops will focus on locating of possible border armed conflicts and on ways to repel attempts by terrorists to penetrate the territory of a CSTO member state.

The head of the CSTO Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colonel General Anatoli Sídorov, announced that the Combat Brotherhood exercise would involve more than five thousand soldiers, 700 units of war matériel, including more than 650 armored vehicles, 20 aircraft, more 20 helicopters and 15 UAVs.

The military bloc, made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan reported in September on the carrying out of the drills given the danger posed by an overflowing of the Afghan conflict out of the country’s borders and the presence of terrorist movements in its territory.


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