Medvedev to attend final stage of CSTO exercise in Kazakhstan

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MOSCOW. October 15. KAZINFORM Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is arriving in Kazakhstan for a working visit Thursday, and will attend on Friday the final stage of a joint military exercise, the Kremlin said; Kazinform refers to RIA Novosti.

The Collective Rapid Reaction Force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) began the two-week exercise at Kazakhstan's Matybulak training grounds on October 2, with more than 7,000 personnel from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan taking part.

The CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

According to the CSTO Secretariat, the exercise is aimed at practicing the deployment of the force in crisis situations on the territory of member states; Kazinform cites RIA Novosti.

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