Russia, Pakistan to hold joint military drills

Published: October 16, 2018
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More than 70 mountain shooters from Karachay-Cherkessia will take part in the drills.

PHOTO: FILE

More than 70 mountain shooters from Karachay-Cherkessia will take part in the drills. PHOTO: FILE

MOSCOW: The Pakistan Army and the Russian military will be holding joint military drills in the mountains of Pakistan from October 21 to November 4.

According to Vadim Astafyev, head of the press service of the Russian Southern Military District, the joint drills – Friendship 2018 – will be held at the training range in Pakistan’s northwestern town of Pabbi.

More than 70 troopers from Russia’s southern military district will participate in the drills.

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The servicemen from the two armed forces will perform drills at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level, Astafyev added.

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Russia and Pakistan have been holding the ‘Friendship’ drills since 2016. In 2017, over 200 servicemen took part in the drills, which were held in the North Caucasus at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level.

In August, Pakistan and Russia reached a historic agreement allowing officers from the country’s armed forces to train in Russia.

The deal was concluded at the end of the inaugural meeting of Russia-Pakistan Joint Military Consultative Committee in Rawalpindi, reported VOA, citing a statement from the defence ministry.

The talks between the two countries were headed by Defence Secretary Zamirul Hassan Shah and visiting Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col Gen Alexander Fomin.

“The two sides also held in-depth discussions on avenues of future cooperation. In the end, both countries signed the Contract on Admission of Service Members of Pakistan in the RF [Russian

Pakistan and Russia have stepped up cooperation in the defence sector since 2014 when the two nations signed an agreement for boosting bilateral ties.Federation’s] Training Institutes,” said the ministry statement.

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