By Lydia Tomkiw @lydiatomkiw On 06/01/16 AT 10:15 AM
Russia’s armed forces aren’t taking a summer break. Over 2,000 drills and exercises are expected to take place starting Wednesday through the end of October, Russia’s defense minister said.
“There will be nine exercises within the framework of international military cooperation, including anti-terrorist Peace Mission, Russian-Belarusian Unbreakable Brotherhood and Russian-Mongolian Selenga-2016,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, state news agency Tass reported. “The training period will be intensive.”
Shoigu said Russia’s largest drill will take place in September in the country’s southwest and will include joint drills with Belarus and Mongolia. It was unclear how many members of the armed forces would participate in the exercise.
Russia’s Pacific fleet commenced its training period Wednesday and is scheduled to take part in “dozens of large-scale exercises,” said Russian Eastern Military District Capt. Roman Martov.