October 19 2009
Troops from Russia and four other former Soviet states unveiled a new rapid-reaction force on Friday as they began two weeks of military exercises, Agence France-Presse reports.
In addition to Russia forces, troops from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are involved in the drills at the Matybulak training grounds in Kazakhstan.
More than 7,000 troops and 90 aircraft are taking part in the drills, which feature heavy artillery and battlefield scenarios, said...
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