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Russian and Egyptian paratroopers to hold first joint drills

The tactical exercise will take place in Russia's south for the first time

MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. The Russian and Egyptian paratroopers will hold the first joint military exercise, dubbed the 2017 Friendship Defenders, on Russia’s territory, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said in a statement.

"During the joint Russian-Egyptian military drills, the two countries’ paratroopers will train their skills in landing, arriving at the drills site, as well as in seizing and holding a mountain pass," the statement reads.

"The tactical exercise will take place in a mountainous area in the Krasnodar region [southern Russia - TASS]," the press service added.

The joint military drills will be conducted in accordance with the Russian Defense Ministry’s international activities plan.