Shoigu: Russia to hold Caucasus 2020 strategic command and staff drills

Shoigu: Russia to hold Caucasus 2020 strategic command and staff drills

Russia's Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said that Russian troops will hold the Caucasus 2020 strategic command and staff drills in September next year.

According to him, the Caucasus 2020 drills will become the most important event of the Russian Armed Forces’ combat training.

Over 4,800 drills of various scope and more than 9,000 practical combat training exercises are scheduled for the new training year for the Russian Armed Forces, Shoigu added.

"Strict compliance with training plans helps maintain the high level of the troops’ combat capability, ensure national interests and adequately respond to possible escalations of the military and political situation in any strategic direction," TASS cited Russia’s defense chief as saying.

Russia’s Southern Military District earlier announced that troops from 17 countries would take part in the Caucasus 2020 drills.

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