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Russian military highly appraise Russian-Indian exercises

October 26, 2013, 16:40 UTC+3

About 500 people -- 250 from each of the sides -- participated in the manoeuvres

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BIKANER, India, October 26 (Itar-Tass) - The seventh joint exercises Indra-2013 of Russian and Indian troops taking place on the Mahajan training ground in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan are organized at a high level, the Russian side's commander of the exercises Maj.-Gen. Alexei Zavizyon told Itar-Tass.

Every detail was considered, he noted. "The organization is at the highest level," he said, adding that Russian servicemen, aside from military aspects, liked meals (Russian and Indian cuisine dishes were offered) and the Indian cultural programme.

About 500 people -- 250 from each of the sides -- participated in the manoeuvres. More than 30 vehicles -- T-72 tanks, combat vehicles and combat and transport helicopters were used in the training, which was aimed at mastering cooperation to search for, block, pursue and neutralize illegal armed groups in deserted areas. The active phase was concluded on October 25. The Russian troops of an airborne brigade from Buryatia will leave India on Monday.

Indra joint exercises of ground troops and the navies are held in Russia and India from 2003.

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