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First Russia-Pakistan military exercise Druzhba-2016 begins

The first military exercise between Russia and Pakistan named Druzhba-2016 (Friendship-2016) has kicked off in Pakistan.

With this, Pakistani Army and Russian Ground Forces (RGF) have come together for the first time in military exercises reflecting growing military ties between two former Cold War rivals.

Key Facts

  • The military exercise is taking place at the Army High Altitude School in northern Pakistan’s Rattu and at a special forces training centre in Cherat.
  • The two week long joint military drills aims at bolstering and building military cooperation between the two countries.
  • It will involve experience sharing and develop coordination in carrying out practice combat tasks in a mountainous environment, including operations against illegal armed groups.
  • About 200 troops from the two countries will take part in the two-week long military drills. Of them around 70 personnel will be from Russia’s Southern Military District (SMD).

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Russia, Pakistan to hold first-ever joint military exercises

Russia and Pakistan have agreed to hold first-ever joint military exercises as part of their enhanced defence cooperation.

In this regard, an agreement was reached between both nations during a meeting between Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif in Moscow.

As per the agreement, both nations will strive for

  • Enhancing cooperation in defence industry and military training.
  • Promoting joint participation in military exercises.
  • Increasing military cooperation in training and import of arms and equipment.
  • Resolving conflicts through diplomatic means rather than using of force.

Apart from above, both nations also have reached a consensus that a multi-polar world would ensure peace and balance in international relations.

In 2014, both nations had signed a military cooperation agreement to deepen their defence ties. They also had vowed to translate their relationship in tangible terms.

The military agreement was signed during the first-ever visit of a Russian defence minister in 45 years to Pakistan in November 2014.

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