DEFENSE MINISTRY: ARMENIA DIDN'T SPECIFY DATES FOR CSTO MANEUVERS

PanARMENIAN.Net
August 30, 2012 - 17:37 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman commented on
the report about postponement of CSTO's Collective Rapid Reaction
Force joint military drills in Armenia.

"Armenian side never specified dates for the military exercises.

Mid-September was mentioned as the possible time," Artsrun Hovhannisyan
told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.

Dwelling on the exercises, Mr. Hovhannisyan noted that the preparatory
works are currently in the final stage, with the first groups expected
to arrive already on Sept. 3-4.

He further said that Armenian Defense Ministry will specify the number
of the participants in the days to come.

CSTO's Collective Rapid Reaction Force joint military exercises have
been shifted from Sept. 3-8 to Sept. 15-19 over technical reasons at
the request of the Armenian side.

The maneuvers will bring together military units from Armenia,
Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, as well
as representatives from International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC), UN, OSCE and CIS observers. The number of troops involved
totals about 2000 people, CSTO press service reported.