MINSK, 26 October (BelTA) – The Vzaimodeistviye 2021 [Interaction 2021] exercise for the Collective Rapid Response Forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) took place in Tajikistan on 18-23 October. Representatives of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry took part in it, the ministry's press service told BelTA.
The exercise focused on localizing an armed conflict near the border. Bombers had to deliver an air strike on base areas of militants. Participants of the exercise also had to block and sweep a populated locality and evacuate local residents. Representatives of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry focused on possible deployment of rescue units as part of special operations forces of the Collective Rapid Response Forces taking into account local peculiarities. Representatives of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry also studied what work rescue units might be required to do in response to local natural and man-caused emergencies. The organization of humanitarian operations in friendly countries taking into account the current situation in Central Asia was considered.
After the exercise representatives of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry led by First Deputy Emergencies Minister Aleksandr Khudoleyev handed over a humanitarian cargo for preventing a humanitarian catastrophe in the areas that neighbor with Afghanistan. The Belarusian delegation was also made familiar with the work of the Emergencies and Civil Defense Committee under the Tajikistan government. The delegation visited an emergency response control center and a local rescue service agency.
A number of Belarusian Defense Ministry personnel will be awarded Emergencies Ministry medals and lapel badges for assistance with delivering humanitarian cargoes.