Russia begins 'Cooperation-2016' international military exercises near NATO borders
Radio Poland reports that the “Cooperation-2016” command and staff exercises started in the Pskov and Leningrad regions of Russia.
It is reported that the exercise will involve about 6,000 soldiers from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Also, one thousand units of weapons and military and special equipment are engaged in the exercise.
Such military exercises are held regularly in Russia, but this year more armed forces will participate and more units of military equipment will be involved.
During the military exercise, soldiers will engage in cooperative tactics "in a situation of exacerbation of the conflict in one of the bordering regions of a country-member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization,” namely Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The military exercise will last until August 19th.