New Stage Of CSTO Exercises Begins In Armenia

NEW STAGE OF CSTO EXERCISES BEGINS IN ARMENIA

Interfax
Aug 19 2008
Russia

The third stage of command post exercises of the Collective Security
Treaty Organization (CSTO), Rubezh- 2008, is beginning in Armenia on
Monday, the organization’s secretariat told Interfax-AVN.

"This is the continuation of comprehensive joint exercises. The first
stage was held at the beginning of July in Armenia and the second at
the end of July in Moscow. The exercises will end on August 22 at a
firing range in Armenia," a CSTO spokesman said.

Yerevan will also host a meeting of the CSTO Council of Defense
Ministers on August 21.

Rendering military and military-technical assistance to Armenia in case
of an act of aggression against is being refined during Rubezh 2008.

Earlier CSTO officials said that the scenario of the exercise is
theoretical but takes into account the current military-political
and military-strategic situation in the region.

It is the first time Rubezh exercises are held in the Caucasus,
not in Central Asia.

In line with the Collective Security Treaty aggression against a
member-state shall be regarded by other member-states as aggression
against them all.

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