Yerevan to Host Final Talks on CSTO War Games in March

MOSCOW (Armradio)–Negotiations to hammer out the final details of the Collective Security treaty Organization’s "Frontline 2008" war games will be held in Yerevan later in March, the First Deputy Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff Ivan Babichev told ITAR TASS Friday.
The exercises will simulate a conflict scenario in which a member is attacked and applies for military assistance from CSTO allies, according to Babichev.
The war games are scheduled for August and will be held on the territory of Armenia and Russia in four stages, Babichev said.
The exercise envisions a scenario where a CSTO member country is attacked and applies for military assistance from CSTO allies, Babichev explained.
The first two stages of the exercises deal with the mechanism of presenting corresponding suggestions on a plan of action to the supreme body of the organization, he said.
The third stage will deal with planning measures directed at preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the hypothetical state being attacked, while the fourth stage will simulate the implementation of a military defense, he said.
CSTO is a regional security bloc that includes Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Belarus.

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