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Russia to hold anti-terror maneuvers with Mongolia

(Xinhua)

15:53, August 31, 2011

VLADIVOSTOK, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Russia and Mongolia will hold joint anti-terror maneuvers in September, Russian media reported Wednesday.

Some 500 Russian and Mongolian soldiers, as well as up to 200 military vehicles, will take part in the drills code-named Selenga 2011, RIA Novosti news agency quoted a spokesman of Russia's Eastern Military District as saying.

A Russian motorized rifle company reinforced by a tank platoon, an Army Aviation unit and a logistics unit would participate in the exercises, joined by a Mongolian battalion with tanks, mortars, air defense equipment and engineers.

The maneuvers would be held in two stages: The first would be held in the Russian Republic of Buryatia in east Siberia, and the second in the Tavan-Tolgoi training center in Mongolia.

The maneuvers would feature fight against illegal militants trying to capture oil rigs, schools and communication facilities in northern Mongolia, while the Russian forces would help Mongolia restore order in the region.

Russia has conducted joint drills this year with the United States, Canada and South Korea.

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