Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov (left) meeting with President Vladimir Putin(file photo)
5 April 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov travels to Tajikistan today for talks with Tajik Defense Minister Colonel General Sherali Khayrulloev and to view military exercises involving Russian forces.
The Rubezh-2005 military exercises involve forces from the Collective Security Treaty Organization, or CSTO, comprising Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Russia.
The exercises began in Tajikistan on 2 April and last until tomorrow. Taking part in the military drills are service personnel from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.
Khayrulloev told ITAR-TASS the war games will demonstrate the "preparedness of CSTO land forces for an adequate response to challenges and threats to stability in the Central Asian region."