ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, Russian troops arrived here for the joint Russian-Pakistani military exercise codenamed Druzhba (Friendship)
The contingent of the Russian Federation Special Forces has arrived in Pakistan for two weeks of joint exercise Druzhba 5. The exercise is meant to share the views of both armies in the area of counterterrorism, the ISPR said in a statement.
#Russian Federation Special Forces’ contingent arrived in Pakistan for 2 weeks long joint exercise DRUZHBA 5. The exercise is aimed at sharing both armies experiences in counter terrorism domain. Sky diving & hostage rescue operations will be highlights of exercise #DRUZHBA. pic.twitter.com/XUeO5XCgRt
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) November 5, 2020
Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the exercise was aimed at improving military cooperation between the two countries and was being carried out within the context of international military cooperation.
The two-week long drills will officially start in Tarbela on November 8. Some 70 Russian soldiers and officers are taking part in the drill, which will run until 21 November. About the same number of soldiers on Pakistan ‘s side was involved.
At the drill, military forces from both countries can share experience and work together to carry out activities in the field of training combat operations, in particular in order to destroy illegal armed formations, “the Russian Ministry of Defence said.”
Highlights of the drill will be sky diving and hostage rescue activities, the ISPR statement added.
Since 2016, these drills have been conducted annually, rotating between Pakistan and Russia. The drills are being hosted by Pakistan for the third time. Russia, meanwhile, has twice conducted war games.
This year, due to the epidemiological situation in the world, the stages of the exercise will be held in compliance with all measures to prevent spread of the new coronavirus infection. All Russian military personnel were tested for Covid-19 before leaving for the exercise,” the Russian defence ministry said.
Published in Dharti News, November 6th, 2020