>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian military to repel mock foreign invasion in Far East, Putin to attend exercises


Since open war with the West is forever on the minds of the Soviet General Staff, the Russian Far East in general and Kamchatka Peninsula in particular are annual hotbeds of military activity.

Russian Army to Practice Repelling Invasion From the East — Paper
Created: 15.08.2006

Russia’s military will practice repelling a foreign invasion during exercises this month in the country’s far east, the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta said Aug. 25.

According to the Agence France-Presse, the exercises will take place on the Kamchatka peninsula some time in the second half of August and will be presided over by President Vladimir Putin, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources on the military’s general staff.

The aim is to improve cooperation between different arms of the military in “defending the coast from possible armed invasion,” the newspaper said.

“The ’conditional opponents’ are not abstract terrorists but the armed forces of real states,” the paper said.

Taking part will be 5,000 servicemen, 20 ships, nuclear submarines, artillery and air defense forces, the newspaper said.

The exercises will be a continuation of staff-level exercises that took place last month, the paper said.

The military will practice “repelling a coastal landing by foreign forces, cutting the naval communications of the conditional opponents and fighting submarines and airborne enemies,” the newspaper said.

Link: The Moscow News

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