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Russia notifies Vienna Document signatories of snap check of its forces - defence ministry

May 25, 2015, 23:08 UTC+3

Some 12,000 troops, up to 250 warplanes and helicopters are involved in the surprise combat readiness check

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MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. Russia has voluntarily informed signatories of the Vienna Document about a snap combat readiness check in Russia’s Central military district, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov told journalists on Monday.

"On May 25, 2015, using communications channels of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Russia sent notifications to all member states of the Vienna Document on implementing confidence and security building measures of 2011 about a check of aviation and air defence combat readiness check in the Central military district in a period from May 25 to May 28, 2015 as part of preparations for the strategic exercises Centre-2015," Antonov said.

Despite the fact that provisions of the Vienna document are not applicable to these drills, the Russian side provided "the above information in the spirit of good will".

The aviation grouping and air defense units of Russia’s Central military district were alerted in a surprise combat readiness check launched at the order of Russia’s Supreme Commander-in-Chief and President Vladimir Putin. "For the purposes of making further preparations for the Center-2015 strategic military exercises, the supreme commander-in-chief has made a decision to check the combat readiness of the aviation grouping and air defense troops of the Central Military District," the Russian defense minister said.

As part of the Central Military District’s preparations for the strategic drills, a snap combat readiness check of units of collective rapid response units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states recently came to an end. The exercises were held in Tajikistan, the defense minister said.

Some 12,000 troops, up to 250 warplanes and helicopters are involved in the surprise combat readiness check.

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