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Russian, Armenian Military Begin Joint Exercise Kavkaz-2020

Monday 21 September 2020

ALAGYZ PROVING GROUND (TASS) — Russian and Armenian military units have begun joint drills at the Alagyaz proving ground in Armenia within the framework of the command and staff exercise Kavkaz-2020, which commenced on Monday, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

The Kavaz-2020 military exercise is being held on September 21-September 26 in the Southern Military district, and the Black and Caspian seas under the command of the chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov. Overall, about 80,000 military servicemen, Emergencies Ministry and national guard Rosgvardiya personnel and up to 1,000 troops from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, China, Myanmar and Pakistan are taking part. The drills falling under the restrictions of the 2011 Vienna document on confidence-building measures will involve no more than 12,900 troops.

Kavaz-2020 military exercise
Russian Defense Ministry / TASS)

The Defence Ministry’s news release run:

Participating in the exercise scheduled to last September 21-September 26 are mechanized infantry, air force and air defence units of the Southern Military District and Armenia’s Armed Forces under the commander of the combined military group Tigran Parvanyan.

More than 1,500 officers and men and 300 pieces of military equipment, including tactical and army aviation and drones are involved in the exercise.

The command will evaluate the readiness of Southern Military District’s forces for localizing and resolving armed conflicts connected with resistance to terrorism, as well as the protection of interests and security of the two countries.


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