Russia, Pakistan to Hold Joint Military Drills

MOSCOW: The Russian-Pakistani military drills “Friendship 2018” will be held in the mountains of Pakistan from Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, a Russian press official said Tuesday.

According to Vadim Astafyev, head of the press service of the Russian Southern Military District, the joint drills will be held at the training range in Pakistan’s northwestern town of Pabbi.

More than 70 mountain shooters from Karachay-Cherkessia will take part in the drills.

The servicemen from the two countries’ armed forces will perform tasks at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level, Astafyev said.

Russia and Pakistan have been holding the “Friendship” drills since 2016. In 2017, over 200 servicemen took part in the drills, which were held in the North Caucasus at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level.

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