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The joint exercise of the special forces, internal affairs agencies, state security, ministries and departments for emergency situations and drug control of the Collective Rapid Response Force (CRRF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) “Cobalt-2021” began at the Fakhrabad training ground in Tajikistan.

“The leaders of our states and military departments have repeatedly stressed that the current situation on the border of Tajikistan, which has become the southern outpost of the CIS in the Central Asian direction, forces us to be on the alert. Especially now in connection with the change in the nature of military dangers and military threats, ”the interim commander of the 201st military base, Colonel Yevgeny Okhrimenko, told reporters at the opening ceremony of the exercise.

He also noted that the intensity of joint events testifies to the high level of attention of the participants to increasing the defense capability, combat readiness and effectiveness of collective forces.

“This allows us to create a reliable barrier to terrorist and extremist threats,” stressed Yevgeny Okhrimenko.

The exercise at the Fakhrabad training ground will last until November 19. In the course of practical actions, Russian military personnel, together with colleagues from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, will work out the planning and conduct of an operation to destroy militants, acting as part of the special forces of the CSTO CRRF.

The Russian military contingent in the exercise is represented by servicemen of the special forces unit of the Central Military District and the reconnaissance battalion of the 201st military base. In total, about 60 Russian servicemen and 10 units of military equipment are involved, including 2 Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters of the air group of the 201st military base.

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