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Russian Ground Troops To Hold Joint Drills With Pakistan

The Russian Army plans to hold what its commander called its first ever "mountain drills" with Pakistan's military this year.

The "special exercises in mountainous territory" are one of seven international exercises Russian ground forces plan to conduct in 2016, General Oleg Salyukov said.

He did not give details or say when the exercises will take place.

Russia has closer ties with Pakistan's traditional foe India, which has been a major buyer of weapons from Moscow since the Soviet era.

But Russia has sought to improve relations with Pakistan in recent years.

Salyukov said Russia would also hold joint exercises in 2016 with India, Mongolia, and Vietnam, as well as with partners in two regional security groupings, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Based on reporting by TASS, RIA, and Interfax

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