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In the Kyrgyz Republic, at the “Edelweiss” firing range, a tactical and special training of the CSTO Special Forces "Cobalt-2022" was held.


In accordance with the Plan for joint training of command bodies and formations of the forces and means of the CSTO collective security system for 2022, a set of measures was taken to improve the readiness of special forces formations that are part of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces (CSTO CRRF formations of special forces) for use as intended.

During the period from 2 to 5 August of this year, on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic, tactical and special trainings with special units belonging to the CSTO CRRF formations of special forces under the code name "Cobalt-2022" were conducted in two stages.

During the first stage, the deployment of the CSTO CRRF formations of special forces grouping in the area of mission, the formation and integration of the Operational Staff of the CSTO CRRF formations of special forces, and the planning of the special operation were practiced. The reconnaissance of the area of operation and the mountain field trip were conducted, and a competition in tactical firing of combat weapons was held.

The operational structure of the staff improved their professional skills in the management of heterogeneous forces of special operations of the CSTO CRRF in carrying out joint actions to neutralize illegal armed formations in the border area.

In the process of command and staff training they worked out the interaction, planning and comprehensive support of the special operation.

In the course of the second phase of the training, special units of internal affairs bodies, police, internal troops, National Guard, drug control and special services of the member States of the Organization, which are part of the CSTO CRRF formations of special forces, in close contact with units of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces, Border Troops and Emergency Situations Ministry, carried out training and exercise tasks.

There was a drawing of practical actions of combined operational and combat groups of competent bodies of the CSTO member States on destruction (neutralization) of band formations which illegally crossed the state border, blocking drug trafficking channels, seizure of weapons, liquidation of emergency situations and their consequences which occurred in the course of combat operations.

About 500 personnel, armored vehicles, tactical artillery, special vehicles, strike drones, service and search dogs are involved in solving training issues.

Heads of the CIS ATC, the CIS Office for the Coordination of Organized Crimes, the SCO RATS EC, the UNODC Regional Office in the Kyrgyz Republic, the OSCE Program Office in the Kyrgyz Republic, representatives of the Coordination Service of the Council of Border Force Commanders, the ICRC, embassies of Iran, Mongolia, China in the Kyrgyz Republic were present at the trainings as observers.

The training was led by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Oktyabr Urmambetov.

The Secretary of the Security Council of the Kyrgyz Republic, Marat Imankulov, and the CSTO Secretary General, Stanislav Zas, observed the practical actions on the ground.

At the end of the training, a detailed debriefing was conducted and the results summarized. The most distinguished officers and servicemen were rewarded with the rights of the CSTO Secretary General and the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Summarizing the results of the training, the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas stated: "Dear participants of the training, dear guests!

Another important joint training event of the special forces of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces is coming to an end today.

It once again demonstrated the high level of operational combat and special training, field training, as well as the coordination of the forces and means of collective security of our Organization.

In the course of the training and the command and staff training the trainees received good practice in organizing the decision-making process for the use of special task force formations, collecting and analyzing incoming information, managing units, working on issues of comprehensive support for a special operation and the interaction of diverse forces and means in the performance of the assigned tasks.

In general, all event participants demonstrated the ability to act in unison in a complex, constantly changing environment.

I congratulate you on the successful completion of the training. Thank you to all participants for their diligence and responsibility in carrying out the training and combat tasks.

We are grateful to the Kyrgyz side for the extensive work done in preparing and organizing the training, as well as the good living conditions created for the participants, which undoubtedly contributed greatly to the success of the entire set of planned activities.

I wish all participants in the training a safe return to their places of permanent deployment, success in military service and in perfecting their skills in the interests of ensuring national security and strengthening the security of our states on a collective basis.

Thank you for your attention!"

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