Sergey Ivanov: Russia is ready to open new page in relations with U.S. after electionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 24, 4:10
Qatari former Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani dies aged 84World October 23, 23:08
Russia’s health ministry plans to build vaccines plant in EcuadorBusiness & Economy October 23, 20:19
Cygnus cargo spacecraft docks to ISSScience & Space October 23, 19:44
Whereabouts of several residents of blast-destroyed house in Ryazan not yet establishedWorld October 23, 18:50
Zakharova: no cyberattack on Russian foreign ministry’s websiteRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 18:29
Russian Minister of Energy: Russia, Saudi Arabia begin new stage of energy cooperationBusiness & Economy October 23, 17:32
Russia not ready to say whether it will cut oil production or freeze itBusiness & Economy October 23, 17:29
Experts probing into situation around cyberattack on Russian foreign ministry’s websiteRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 17:05
MINSK, August 23. /TASS/. More than 1,000 troops and 500 units of military equipment will be involved in a joint exercise of the peacekeeping contingents of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states codenamed Unbreakable Brotherhood-2016, which starts in Belarus on Tuesday, the Belarusian Defense Ministry reported.
"The main objectives of the exercise are strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between the peacekeeping forces of the CSTO member states, improving practical skills of the commanders and staffs at all levels in preparing a peacekeeping operation and command and control of forces and units during peacekeeping missions," the Defense Ministry said.
In addition, according to the Belarusian Defense Ministry, the CSTO partners will drill interaction "in the provision of humanitarian assistance to the local population in a simulated conflict zone, as well as practice actions to destroy simulated illegal armed groups in their areas of responsibility."
According to the CSTO Secretariat, "for the first time the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces will get the UN Security Council mandate and will act in a crisis region in cooperation with the UN mission." Representatives of the United Nations Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross have been invited to the exercise.
A demonstration of new and upgraded samples of weapons, military and special equipment, the use of which is allowed to the peacekeeping force was held on the eve of the manoeuvers at the Obuz-Lesnovsky military range in the Brest region. About 10 organizations of the Belarusian State Military Industrial Committee system and the defense sector of the Belarusian economy presented nearly 100 samples of weapons, military and special equipment, according to the State Military Industrial Committee.
The Unbreakable Brotherhood-2016 manoeuvers will be held at the Obuz-Lesnovsky range in the Brest region on August 23-27. The Russian peacekeeping contingent involved in the exercise comprises more than 300 soldiers.