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22 Aug 2014

Belarusian military fulfill their tasks at CSTO exercise Interaction 2014

MINSK, 22 August (BelTA) – The Belarusian military have successfully fulfilled their tasks during the CSTO military exercise Interaction 2014, BelTA learned from Belarus’ Defense Ministry.

“The active phase of the CSTO military exercise Interaction 2014 completed in Spassk, Karaganda Oblast of Kazakhstan, on 22 August. This large-scale exercise was meant to test and improve the interaction of the CSTO rapid response forces in Central Asia. The exercise involved about 3,000 personnel from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan,” the Defense Ministry informed.

The aim of the joint drill was to improve teamwork of the CSTO collective rapid response forces while preparing for combat operations and exercising troop command.

The exercise was meant to drill the prevention of military conflicts both on the external borders of the Organization and on the territory of its member states. The Interaction 2014 was built upon a scenario in which an imaginary state Karania making part of the CSTO bordered on an imaginary state Irtyshia. The latter suffered from a deep domestic crisis triggered by a separatist movement on the back of exacerbated interethnic clashes. In line with the CSTO charter, Karania addressed the Organization with a request for military assistance. The CSTO provided this assistance upon a decision of the CSTO Council.

Attending the exercise were CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha, Defense Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov, First Deputy Defense Minister, Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus Mayor General Oleg Belokonev, First Deputy Defense Minister of Russia, Army General Arkady Bakhin.

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