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Russia's Far Eastern military to join 10 international drills next year

November 25, 2016, 8:33 UTC+3 KHABAROVSK
The schedule includes the Russian-Indian Indra and Indra-Navy exercises, the Sea Cooperation naval exercise with China and the Sarex exercise with Japan
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KHABAROVSK, November 25. /TASS/. Servicemen of the Far Eastern military district and the Pacific Fleet will take part in ten joint international exercises next year, the district's military chief said Friday.

"In 2017, as part of strengthening international military cooperation, the military district’s forces will participate in ten exercises,’ Commander of the Eastern Military District Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin said.

The schedule includes the Russian-Indian Indra and Indra-Navy exercises, the Selenga exercise with Mongolia, a tactical exercise with Vietnam, the Sea Cooperation naval exercise with China and the Sarex exercise with Japan.

Also for the first time the Far Eastern military district will take part in the Passex exercise with Nicaragua and the Arabian monsoon exercises with Pakistan.

The Far Eastern military district and the Pacific Fleet will also take part in two multilateral exercises, SMOA-plus and Komodo.

Eastern military district's drills

More than 1,200 military exercises were held in the Eastern military district this year, Surovikin went on. 

"In 2016, more than a thousand of ground exercises, about 100 naval drills of the Pacific Fleet, more than 60 air defense exercises and over 40 aviation exercises were held," he said.

"The final combat readiness check of the district’s forces demonstrated in increase in the tactical, fire and loaded march skills of the personnel," Surovikin said.

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