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Russia to contribute 1,000 troops to SCO military exercises

RIA Novosti


MOSCOW, April 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will contribute about 1,000 military servicemen to joint military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states in southern Kazakhstan, a senior military official said.

"Russia, Kazakhstan and China will each contribute a thousand military servicemen to the exercises," Col. Oleg Yushkov, a spokesman for the land forces commander, said.

He added that the soldiers would be transported to the exercises, called Peace Mission 2010, by rail.

The decision to hold Peace Mission 2010 was made in May of 2008 in Dushanbe at a meeting of the defense ministers of the participating countries.

The SCO regional security group comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, which took over the rotating chair of the organization last year. Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

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