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Russia begins military drills in Tajikistan

October 06, 2014, 9:37 UTC+3 DUSHANBE

Russia's largest inland military facility outside the country is taking part in the drills

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Servicemen of the 201st Russian military base during drills (archive)

Servicemen of the 201st Russian military base during drills (archive)

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DUSHANBE, October 6. /TASS/. Over 1,000 servicemen from 201st Russian military base headquartered in Tajikistan are participating in tactical war games with fire drills which began on Monday. “Motor rifle, tank, reconnaissance, artillery units and more than 300 units of military hardware are involved in military exercises,” spokesman of the Central Military District Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin told TASS.

The 201st base is the largest Russian military inland facility outside the country.

The military base numbers six thousand servicemen stationed in garrisons on the outskirts of Tajik cities of Dushanbe, Kurgan-Tyube and Kulyab. According to the treaty signed in October 2012 the 201st military base will be deployed in Tajikistan at least until 2042.

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