Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

09/26/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/26/2020 05:53

An award ceremony was held for participants of the maneuvers 'Kavkaz-2020' at the Kapustin Yar training ground in the Astrakhan region

26.09.2020 (11:32)

Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation Lieutenant General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov congratulated the units of Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar, Pakistan and Russia on the successful completion of international maneuvers.

The Russian Deputy Defence Minister stressed that the maneuvers 'Kavkaz-2020' was purely defensive in nature and was not directed against other countries. 'The military personnel of the six states successfully coped with the tasks set, having worked out the use of a coalition group of troops in the fight against armed formations of international terrorist organizations,' said Evkurov.

Representatives of the command of foreign military contingents, in turn, thanked the Russian side for organizing the maneuvers, hospitality and acquired combat training experience.

In a solemn atmosphere, participants of the international exercise from Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar, Pakistan and Russia were awarded the medal of the Russian Defence Ministry 'For Strengthening Military Cooperation' for the effort shown during the preparation and holding of the maneuvers 'Kavkaz-2020'.

After lowering the symbolic flag of the maneuvers 'Kavkaz-2020' the troops marched to the sounds of a combined military band.

At the end of the event, military artists of song and dance ensembles of the Southern Military District, the Black Sea Fleet and creative teams of formations and military units of the Southern Military District performed a concert program for the participants of the maneuvers.

The maneuvers 'Kavkaz-2020' was held under the supervision of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation - First Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Valery Gerasimov from 21 to 26 September 2020 at internal sites of the Southern Military District - 'Prudboy', 'Ashuluk', 'Kapustin Yar', aviation ground ranges 'Arzgirskogo' and 'Kopanskaya', and in the waters of the Black and Caspian seas.

In the course of the exercise, questions of the use of groupings of troops (forces) of the coalition of states in the interests of ensuring military security in the southwest of the Russian Federation were worked out.

The maneuvers 'Kavkaz-2020' was attended by servicemen of the Ministry of emergency situations and National guarde, as well as up to 1 thousand military personnel from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, China, Myanmar and Pakistan. Up to 12,900 military personnel were involved in episodes that fall within the scope of the 2011 Vienna document on confidence-and security-building measures.