ISPR: Defence Minister witnesses KAVKAZ 2020 at Astrakhan

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

27th Sep, 2020. 09:43 am

Media Wing of Pakistan Army Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday said that Mr. Pervez Khattak, the Defence Minister of Pakistan witnessed multinational exercise KAVKAZ 2020 at Astrakhan, Russia.

According to the details, ISPR said that Lieutenant General Azhar Saleh Abbasi, Chief of Logistic Staff was also part of the delegation. The Defence Minister met Pakistan and Chinese participants of the exercise.

Director General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar earlier said Kavkaz 2020 exercise is aimed at assessing the ability of troops to react to various challenges and learn from each other’s experiences.


Kavkaz-2020 exercise

The Kavkaz-2020 exercise held within the territory of the Southern Military District, and in the Black and Caspian seas under the direction of Chief of the Russian General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov.

More than 80,000 personnel participated in the strategic command exercises this year.

During the exercises, that ran from September 21 to 26, demonstrated their cutting-edge military hardware and technology.

Pakistan’s Participation

Pakistan had also participated in a similar series of exercises called ‘Tsentr 2019’, in Russia last year.

The wargames were joined by troops from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and other countries.

Other countries in the region were also invited to participate in the Kavkaz 2020.

However, India backed out from participating at the last minute. Defence experts suggested that India might have run away from the exercises because of the presence of Pakistan and China.

Pak-Russia’s joint military exercises Druzhba (friendship) are held every year. The exercises started in 2016. These exercises include aspects of counter-terrorism and special operations.

These most recent drills come just a month after Moscow held its Army-2020 arms fair, the largest annual exposition and demonstration of Russian military hardware.

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