CSTO launches military drills

Military personnel from five countries have gathered at a training base called Edelweiss in Kyrgyzstan

On August 2, Special Forces from five member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (Armenia, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) took part in the military drill Cobalt-2022, according to the organization’s press service.

The special tactical training exercises at the Edelweiss training site in the town of Balykchi are going to end on August 5.

During the drills, the CSTO members will simulate the work of a joint control headquarters that must coordinate different Special Forces from the member states in order to improve their ability to act as a joint unit.

The CSTO military personnel are going to demonstrate their skills in fighting against drug smugglers, finding drug labs and destroying prohibited substances. Also, the CSTO Special Forces will complete tasks on searching, blocking and neutralizing terrorist groups and militants.

In October, Kazakhstan is going to host the CSTO command staff exercise, exercises for rangers and special exercises for units involved in service support of fighting personnel. Another big drill of the Collective Rapid Deployment Forces is expected to be held in Tajikistan.

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