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    First Russia-Pakistan Military Drills Druzhba-2016 to Bolster Defense Ties

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    The first joint Druzhba-2016 ("Friendship-2016") exercises between Pakistan and Russia are aimed at developing cooperation between ground forces and laying foundation for closer ties in the defense area, the Pakistani Embassy in Moscow announced Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier in the day, Russian military personnel taking part in the drills that will last till October 10 at a special forces training center in Pakistan's Cherat area, arrived in the country. About 200 servicemen from both sides will be participating in the exercise.

    "The objectives of the joint exercise include developing cooperation between ground forces of the two countries, improving tactical abilities of the participating military personnel and developing a foundation for future interactions," the Embassy stated in a press release.

    According to the Pakistani diplomatic mission, the Druzhba-2016 exercises represent a manifestation of the desire of Islamabad and Moscow "to enhance bilateral cooperation in all fields of mutual interest including defense."

    The Pakistani Army and the Russian Ground Forces have come together in military exercises for the first time, which underscores the significance of the joint drills.


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