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03 August 2022, 17:10

CSTO exercise kicks off in Kyrgyzstan

Photos courtesy of CSTO press service
Photos courtesy of CSTO press service

MOSCOW, 3 August (BelTA) - The Edelveis military training ground in Kyrgyzstan hosted an opening ceremony of the special tactical exercise Kobalt 2022 featuring the units of special forces that are part of the CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces on 3 August, BelTA learned from the CSTO press service.

CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov opened the ceremony with a welcoming speech. Kyrgyzstan 's Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Major General Oktyabr Urmambetov noted that the purpose of the exercise is to prevent crime in the member states and to promote closer cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of the CSTO member states.

"During the exercise, the joint groups of special forces of the CSTO member states of the organization will drill the action to search, block and neutralize bandit units and terrorist groups, to block drug smuggling channels and detect hideouts and laboratories for the storage and production of narcotic substances and to destroy them,” the press service said.

There will also be command and staff training for staff officers of the involved units. The exercise will wrap up with shooting competitions involving various types of weapons and football and volleyball competitions.

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