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    Commander of Russia's Airborne Forces said that more than 2,000 personnel and 200 pieces of military hardware from the rapid response forces of the CSTO will take part in upcoming joint drills in northwestern Russia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) More than 2,000 personnel and 200 pieces of military hardware from the rapid response forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will take part in upcoming joint drills in northwestern Russia, Commander of Russia's Airborne Forces Col. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov said Wednesday.

    The Interaction-2015 exercises on August 24-28 will involve units from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

    "The smallest contingent – an airborne platoon — will be deployed by Tajikistan, while Russia will send the largest contingent – two airborne battalions or about 1,000 troops," Shamanov said.

    He added that Russia would also deploy over 40 combat aircraft and helicopters.


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