Russian-US drills: military exchange
Twenty US and Russian army paratroopers for the first time ever are conducting joint exercises. They are practicing military essentials at Fort Carson, Colorado Springs.
The organizers of the drills hope that the troops will continue this effective exercises, says spokesman of Russia’s Airborne Troops press-service Alexander Kucherenko:
"The goal of the drills is to practice basic skills in anti-terrorism operations and collective actions of special servicemen when conducting joint military and humanitarian operations. The troops will train landing in the operation area, reconnaissance, raids and destruction of terrorist bases."
The drills began with interaction and seminars, namely fire support, Alexander Kucherenko said:
"Our troopers learned to fire new weapons like the M-9 Beretta pistol, the M4 assault rifle used by US special servicemen as well as machine guns mounted on tanks. Our troopers did great and surprised the Americans as this was their first experience with these weapons."
Experts have praised the drills. Despite controversies over anti-missile defense, Russia and the US still work together on joint challenges, says the chief editor of the National Defense magazine Igor Korotchenko:
"Russia’s government has expressed its stance on the US anti-missile shield in Europe and it will remain unchanged. As for military partnership, it is carried out in those spheres which don’t contradict our interests. If we think that our strategic interests are harmed we will tell the US about it. As for ABMs, Russia will resort to counter-measures proposed by Dmitry Medvedev in late 2011."
On May 24, the active phase of the drills will begin when the paratroopers will have a week to implement their new knowledge and cooperation skills.