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Putin Orders Snap Exercises to Check Combat Readiness of Russian Armed Forces amid Turkish Intervention in Syria

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Snap exercises for checking combat readiness of the Russian Armed Forces have been started in Southern, Western and Central Military Districts in Russia today.

Putin Orders Snap Exercises to Check Combat Readiness of Russian Armed Forces amid Turkish Intervention in Syria

Photo: Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered to carry out snap exercises for checking combat readiness of the Russian Armed Forces. Southern, Western and Central Military Districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, the Russian Aerospace Forces and sky-borne troops will be involved in the exercises, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The decision could be taken in connection with an invasion of Turkey to Syria

According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the snap exercises are holding in accordance with decision of the Supreme Commander, Russian President Vladimir Putin, from 25 to 31 August.

During regrouping of troops, “the readiness of the Southern Military District to deploy in short time self-contained groups of forces for containment of crisis situations will be assessed,” the Interfax news agency reported, citing Shoigu. The Western and the Central Military Districts will be checked for possibility “to increase efforts in the south-western strategic direction.”

During the first day, troops’ ability to perform “activities established degree of readiness” will be checked, during the next days – the ability to “withdraw the military units to training and educational areas, and prepare them to solve problems according to the exercises.” A progress of the snap exercises of the Russian Armed Forces will be monitored by two working groups of the General Staff.

Shoigu did not reveal how many troops are taking part in the exercises.

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