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Spanish inspectors to check military activity in southern Russia

February 02, 13:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Such inspections are carried out to determine the scale of ongoing military activity subject to prior notification within a specified area
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MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. A team of Spanish inspectors will conduct an inspection of military activity in Russia’s southern Rostov region in the period from February 2 to 5, 2016. The check is conducted within the framework of the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence-and Security-Building Measures, head of the Russian National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov said on Tuesday.

"This territory determined by the Spanish side is located in the Rostov region and covers an area of about 15,000 square km. Such inspections are carried out to determine the scale of ongoing military activity subject to prior notification (or to confirm the absence of such activity) within a specified area," Ryzhkov said.

During the check-up the Spanish inspectors will be briefed by the commanders of the region’s formations and military units of the military activity conducted within the specified area.

The headquarters of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces are located in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Rostov region. The district is located within the administrative boundaries of Russia’s North Caucasus republics, southern regions and Crimea - a total of 16 subjects. Also, the Russian Interior troops, units of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), as well as units of the Emergency Situations Ministry and other ministries and federal departments are deployed in the Southern Military District. The main task of the Southern Military District forces is to ensure military security of Russia’s southern borders, including the Black Sea area.

Vienna Document 2011 (VD11) is composed of politically binding confidence and security-building measures (CSBMs) designed to increase openness and transparency concerning military activities conducted inside the OSCE's zone of application (ZOA), which includes the territory, surrounding sea areas, and air space of all European (Russia from the western border to the Ural Mountains) and Central Asian participating States. A variety of information exchanges, on-site inspections, evaluation visits, observation visits, and other military-to-military contacts take place according to VD11 provisions. In the case of the United States (and Canada), only military forces and activities inside the ZOA are impacted.

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