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Russian troops arrived in Pakistan for joint military drills

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ISLAMABAD, 06 November, 2020, (TON): A contingent of special Russian Forces arrived in Pakaistan on Thursday to participate in a joint military exercise –DRUZHBA—the Army said.

ISPR said in a statement that “Russian Federation Special Forces’ contingent arrived in Pakistan for two weeks long joint exercise Druzhba 5. The exercise is aimed at sharing both army’s experiences in counterterrorism domain.”

Meanwhile, Russian defence ministry said the exercise was aimed to strengthen military cooperation among the two countries and it was being held under the framework of international military cooperation.

The two-week-long drills would formally commence on November 8 in Tarbela. Some 70 Russian troops and officers are participating in the exercise that would continue till Nov 21. Almost an equal number of soldiers are participating from Pakistan side.

“During the exercise, the military personnel of the two countries will exchange experience and work out interaction in performing tasks within the framework of training combat operations, in particular, to destroy illegal armed formations,” the Russian defence ministry said.

The Druzhba exercises are held annually since 2016 alternating between Pakistan and Russia. Pakistan is hosting the drills for the third time. The joint drill offers Islamabad and Moscow opportunity to expand military collaboration in security, defense and counter-terrorism operations.

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