Training "Thunder-2021" of special forces units of the CSTO member States anti-drug agencies was held on the territory of the Republic of Armenia from 24 to 28 September
From 24 to 28 September, this year, in the Republic of Armenia a special training "Thunder-2021" was held with special forces units of anti-drug agencies, internal affairs bodies and special services included in the formations of special forces of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces (CRRF) of the CSTO. The training took place in accordance with the CSTO Plan of joint activities on operational and combat readiness of command and control forces and formations of the assets of the CSTO collective security system.
The active phase took place at the "Marshal Baghramyan" firing ground of the Armenian Defense Ministry on September 28.
The training, aimed at conducting anti-drug operations in difficult mountainous terrain, involved special police units of the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, and the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan. The units of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Border Guard Service of the National Security Service were also involved, using aviation, military and special equipment.
Secretary of the Armenian Security Council Armen Grigoryan, the CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov, the Chief of the Republic of Armenia Police Vahe Ghazaryan, the Chief of the General Staff Artak Davtyan, the Minister of Emergency Situations Andranik Piloyan and the Director of the National Security Service Armen Abazyan watched the training.
In accordance with the plan, a large criminal group illegally entered the territory of the Republic of Armenia, whose members wanted to transport more than 1 ton of drugs through the territory of the Republic to another country. The relevant units of the CSTO member States took measures to neutralize, disarm and arrest the members of the criminal group.
About 350 servicemen of the CSTO member States, 49 vehicles, three helicopters and strike drones took part in the training.
Summing up the “THUNDER-2021” training, the CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov said:
"The actions taken to develop and solve the tasks envisaged by the concept of the trainings are highly commendable. I would like to highlight the fact that in the complex strategic operations of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's Collective Forces, from training to training, the professionalism and interaction of special units of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces grow every year, which is a convincing indicator that we have all necessary strength to solve the tasks at hand.
Today the politico-military situation in our area of responsibility requires us to be as prepared as possible to ensure the sovereignty, territorial integrity and military and strategic security of the member States”. He stressed the need to further strengthen the collective security system, including improving training and equipping the Collective Forces with modern weapons and special equipment.
Valery Semerikov, concluding his speech, noted the great organizational work carried out by ministries and agencies of the Republic of Armenia to prepare and conduct the training. "Once again I would like to thank the training participants for their efforts in addressing the issues raised, which was stressed by all observers," the CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov said.
In his turn, the Chief of the Police of the Republic of Armenia, Police Major General Vahe Ghazaryan said:
"Dear Valery Anatolyevich, distinguished generals, officers, sergeants!
Today we followed the joint special anti-terrorist operation "THUNDER-2021", the purpose of which was to strengthen interaction between special units of CSTO member States and increase the level of combat readiness. Special units of our departments worked in a coordinated manner and at a high professional level. In a matter of minutes, the fighters accomplished their mission by disarming criminal groups and blocking drug delivery routes”.
"Today's training once again confirmed that we are capable of developing and implementing a mutually agreed strategy and strategy to effectively combat crime. I express my gratitude to the officers, non-commissioned officers and sergeants of the special units of the CSTO member States who participated in today's training, confidence that effective cooperation will continue and deepen in the future. At the same time, I would like to thank the CSTO Secretariat for the support in organizing the trainings," the Chief of the Armenian Police Vahe Ghazaryan said in his speech.
At the end of the trainings, the best participants were awarded medals, badges and certificates. The winners of the tactical shooting competition held as part of trainings “THUNDER-2021” were also awarded.
The CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zaynetdinov