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MOSCOW, July 22 (Itar-Tass) - Russian and Chinese servicemen have ended planning the Peace Mission 2013 anti-terrorism exercise, the Central Military District press service told Itar-Tass.
Working groups of the United Strategic Command of the Russian Central Military District and the Shenyang Military Region of the People’s Liberation Army of China have completed preparations for the Peace Mission 2013 anti-terrorism exercise, the press service reported on Monday.
“The key goal of the upcoming manoeuvres is to organize the joint work by control authority and troops to prepare and conduct military actions during the anti-terrorist operation. The manoeuvres will take place in three stages, which include the re-deployment of troops, the planning of the operation and joint military actions,” the press service said.
The joint command involves 60 officers of the United Strategic Command of the Russian Central Military District and the Shenyang Military Region of the People’s Liberation Army of China. Russia also involves a battalion task group and China will use its tactical units. An air group, including bombers and helicopters, will maintain support for the ground operation. The active phase of the exercise is scheduled for August 15. It will include over 1,500 Russian and Chinese servicemen.
Three conferences and reconnaissance operations were held in Russia and China as part of preparations for the exercise. Russia’s delegation was led by deputy chief of staff of the Central Military District Major-General Sergei Chuvakin and China’s by deputy chief of staff of the Shenyang Military Region Zhang Yan.
The exercise will take place at the Chebarkul firing range near Chelyabinsk.