Russian Paratroopers, CSTO Military to Hold Drills in Arctic in April

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Russian paratroopers and CSTO military will hold drills in the extreme conditions of the Arctic region in April.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Airborne Forces in cooperation with the troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states will hold landing exercises in the Arctic region in April 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.

"Within the framework of the humanitarian search and rescue training expedition Airborne Forces' units and the troops of CSTO's Collective Rapid Reaction Force are planning to conduct parachute landings in one of the Arctic regions in April 2016," the statement reads.

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It was added in the statement that the training landing would be conducted in extreme conditions.

The CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance formed in 1992 with six members at present: Russia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus. Belgrade and Kabul have observer status at the organization.

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