CSTO drills must be held regularly - President

ATY.  October 16. KAZINFORM  /Daniyar Sikhimbayev/ In accordance with the provisions of the CSTO the organization aims at countering  aggression against the CSTO member countries, fighting with terrorism, drug-traffic and other kinds of extremism. Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbayev has made it public at Interaction-2009 drills being held at Matybulak polygon of Zhambyl oblast.

The president reminded of the decision taken last year at the Borovoye meeting of the CSTO leaders on establishment of the CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces.

"Today we observed the drills and realized that all countries have done huge work on preliminary training of the armed forces in particular, the ministers of defense, commanders and heads of the exercises. We are satisfied with the exercises and order to encourage all participants", he said.

About 1, 500 people, 1,500 military equipment and over hundred planes and helicopters were involved in the drills.

Such exercises must be held on a regular basis, the Head of the State stressed.

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