25 Dec 2018 15:30

Central Military District troops conduct 6 joint drills with Central Asian countries

YEKATERINBURG. Dec 25 (Interfax-AVN) - Military cooperation with Central Asian countries has increased in intensity threefold in 2018, the press service for the Central Military District said.

"A total of 51 events, including six joint drills and three command-post training exercises, were conducted in 2018, and it is 33% higher in comparison with 2017," Col. Gen. Yevgeny Ustinov, the acting commander of the Central Military District troops, said during a teleconference with the Russian defense minister on Tuesday.

Joint training with Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan has resumed, he said.

In 2018, the Central Military District troops participated in the joint counterterrorist exercise Peace Mission 2018, involving the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in the Chelyabinsk region and the CIS joint counterterrorist exercise Issyk-Kul Antiterror 2018 in Kyrgyzstan, as well as a number of exercises as part of Combat Brotherhood 2018 joint strategic drills of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).