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Russian troops to take part in three joint military exercises in 2017

November 07, 2016, 13:18 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK

Servicemen of Russia’s Eastern Military District will hold drills with Vietnam for the first time

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VLADIVOSTOK, November 7. /TASS/. Servicemen of Russia’s Eastern Military District will take part in three joint military exercises in 2017, including the tenth Russian-Mongolian maneuvers Selenga and drills with Vietnam for the first time, district spokesman Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said on Monday.

"In 2017, servicemen of the combined arms formations of the Eastern Military District will take part in three joint international military exercises. The Russian-Mongolian maneuvers Selenga-2017 will become the tenth jubilee drills. Next year, they are planned to be held from August to September on the territory of Mongolia. The place of holding the other traditional international drills Indra-2017 will be determined during the first planning conference by representatives of the defense ministries of Russia and India. Also, the first joint Russian-Vietnamese exercises are planned in October 2017," the spokesman said.

The Indra-2017 drills will presumably be held in November next year. Earlier, troops of the Eastern Military District took part in three joint Russian-Indian drills Indra in 2012, 2013 and 2016 at the Burduny practice range in the Republic of Buryatia in East Siberia, the Mahajan training range in the Indian state of Rajasthan and at the Sergeyevsky range in the Primorye Territory in the Russian Far East, respectively.

The joint Russian-Mongolian military exercises Selenga-2016 were held at the Burduny training range of the Eastern Military District in the Republic of Buryatia.

All the joint military drills will be held under the plan of the Eastern Military District’s international cooperation.

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