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Post-Soviet military bloc's Rapid Reaction Force drills continue — Russian ministry

May 15, 2015, 9:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, May 15. /TASS/. Units of Russia's Ivanovo formation of the Airborne Troops, early redeployed to Tajikistan as part of a surprise inspection of contingents of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) are continuing their drills, the Russian Defense Ministry reported Friday.

The units "monitor the situation, conduct engineer reconnaissance of approach routes of the leading elements to the exercise area at the Kharbmaidon range," the ministry said.

The drills involve CSTO contingents from Russia, Tajikistan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

The CSTO is a regional security group comprising the six above-mentioned countries.

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