The practical actions of the Kavkaz-2020 strategic exercises were deliberately moved deep into Russia so as not to provoke tensions in Europe. This was announced on Friday, September 25, by the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov.
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“The Russian Defense Ministry also adheres to a course aimed at reducing tensions in Europe. In this regard, in 2020, the armed forces did not conduct large-scale exercises near the borders of NATO member countries, and large-scale practical actions of troops within the framework of the Caucasus-2020 strategic exercises were deliberately moved inland, “RIA Novosti quotes Gerasimov.
The Chief of the General Staff stressed that the preparation and conduct of the maneuvers were traditionally held as open as possible for third countries. The military attaches of foreign states were informed about the purpose and objectives of the exercises, the areas where they were held, the forces and means involved.
It was also noted that the maneuvers were not directed against other countries and were in line with Russian military doctrine, which is defensive in nature.
The strategic exercises Kavkaz-2020 began in the Southern Military District (YuVO) on September 21. More than 80 thousand people are involved in the maneuvers. The main events take place at the Prudboy, Ashuluk, Kapustin Yar training grounds, as well as at the Arzgirsky and Kopansky air training grounds.
The main objectives of the Kavkaz-2020 exercise are to test the combat readiness of the commanding staff and military command and control bodies of the Southern Military District, to increase the level of interaction of troops in the course of peacekeeping and military security tasks, as well as to test the readiness of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and partner states to protect national interests in the course of solving joint problems.
In particular, within the framework of the exercises, the military practiced highly maneuverable defense with the participation of motorized rifle units with the support of artillery, a massive bombardment of simulated enemy targets at ranges near Astrakhan, and also showed effective protection against tank attacks.
On September 25, the Kapustin Yar training ground was visited by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.