Russia's Medvedev to attend CSTO military drills in Kazakhstan

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MOSCOW. October 16. KAZINFORM Russian President Dmitry Medvedev along with other leaders of the CSTO member states will attend on Friday the final stage of a post-Soviet rapid reaction force exercise in Kazakhstan; 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 Kazakh Foreign Ministry said earlier that the presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia have confirmed their readiness to attend the final stage of the exercise with Medvedev, who arrived in Kazakhstan on Thursday for an official visit.

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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