JOINT CSTO MILITARY EXERCISES TO BE
HELD IN KARAGANDA REGION
Astana, August 18: In the multi-day exercises beginning on
August 18th, the armed forces of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Russia and Tajikistan will work on possible contingencies in the Central Asian
collective security region. Titled Interaction 2014, the event will be held in
the Spassk training field.
The aim of Interaction 2014 is to solidify
the cohesiveness of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO)
Collective Rapid Reaction Force governance structure. Kazakh Minister of
Defence Serik Akhmetov travelled to the site for a preliminary inspection of
the preparations and the garrison.
Military units from the Air Assault Brigade
of the Russian Airborne Troops, the Air Forces of Kazakhstan, the mobile team
from the Special Operations Forces of Belarus, the Special Forces of the Armed
Forces of Kyrgyz Republic and a commando squadron from Tajikistan will
participate in the exercises. The total number of exercise participants will be
about 3,000 people. The exercise will involve more than 200 pieces of military
equipment and about 30 aircraft.
Besides fulfilling practical missions,
issues of information and psychological warfare will be addressed for the first
time during the training. The exercises will also include the provision of
cybersecurity and ways of affecting the software of potential enemies.
CSTO Joint Staff Lt. Gen. Alexander
Studenikin will be leading the training. CSTO Secretary General Nikolai
Bordyuzha is also to be in attendance.