CSTO exercises start in Kazakhstan.

By bne IntelliNews October 9, 2012
Collective Security Treaty Organization launched its first exercises called Unbreakable Brotherhood-2012 at the Illiysky range in Kazakhstan. The exercise marks the beginning of practical coordination of actions of the national peacekeeping units within a single system. The maneuvers involve a total of about 950 troops, up to 70 units of automotive and 35 armored vehicles, four Mi-17 helicopters. The exercises will last 10 days. The peacekeepers will separate conflicting parties, accompany humanitarian goods and train attack repellents. Representatives of the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations, as well as the diplomatic corps accredited in Kazakhstan are invited to watch the active phase of the exercise. The agreement on peacekeeping activity, in accordance with which the CSTO Peacekeeping Force was created, was signed in 2007 and entered into force in 2009. Significantly, Russia wants to use CTSO as an organization counterbalancing the NATO and China in the region.

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