The members states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan – are jointly carrying out military exercises in Central Asia for neutralization of extremism, Central Military District's Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin said Thursday.
“In one of the regions, the reconnaissance unit detected international extremist organizations attempting to intimidate and enlist locals, and store ammunition, arms and drugs in warehouses. Command has made the decision to block and destroy the extremists by using artillery and air force,” Roshchupkin described the exercises.
These events are conducted in the framework of Rubezh 2014 operation started this Monday under the aegis of CSTO and the supervision of specialists from Armenia and Belarus. The military exercises finish on Friday.
The colonel added that CSTO partners positively perceived the military exercises, as the Central Asian region has always been unstable and unsecure.
“For the past 15 years, our country has had to face challenges and threats, which significantly aggravates the situation in the region,” Alexander Kim, Assistant to the Minister of Defense of Kyrgyzstan noticed.
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