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Indian Army personnel to take part in Exercise ZAPAD 2021 in Russia

Indian Army personnel to take part in Exercise ZAPAD 2021 in Russia

 

Indian Army personnel to take part in Exercise ZAPAD 2021 in Russia :

• A contingent of 200 Army personnel will participate in the multinational military Exercise ZAPAD 2021 being held at Nizhniy, Russia.

• It is a multinational military exercise. 17 countries were invited for the exercise, there are 9 participating countries and 8 Observers including China and Pakistan.

• The exercise aims to enhance military and strategic ties amongst the participating nations while they plan and execute this exercise.

ZAPAD 2021 is a 13-day exercise and will end on 16 September. It is mainly aimed at boosting anti-terror cooperation.

• ZAPAD 2021 is one of the theatre-level exercises of Russian armed forces and will focus primarily on operations against terrorists.

• The 9 Participating countries are Mongolia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Russia, India, and Belarus. 

• The 8 Observer countries are Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, and Sri Lanka.

 

KAZIN-21 :

KAZIND-21 is a joint military Exercise between Kazakhstan and India.

• It is the fifth edition of the annual bilateral exercise by both armies. 

• The fourth edition of the exercise was held at Pithoragarh in September 2019.

• The scope of the exercise includes professional exchange, planning and execution of operations in a counter-terrorism environment, and sharing of expertise.

• The exercise will strengthen mutual confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of India and Kazakhstan.

• The joint exercise also reflects the strong resolve of both nations to counter-terrorism and will to stand shoulder to shoulder to combat the same.

 

About Kazakhstan :

• Kazakhstan shares borders with 5 countries. They are Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan. 

• Nur-Sultan is the capital city of Kazakhstan.

• India was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Kazakhstan. Diplomatic relations were established in February 1992.

• India and Kazakhstan have been strategic partners since 2009.

• Kazakhstan is the most resource-rich country in Central Asia and is also India’s largest trade and investment partner.

• India and Kazakhstan actively cooperate under the aegis of various multilateral fora including Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Shanghai Cooperation Operation (SCO), and the United Nations (UN) organizations.

• There are three factors that make Kazakhstan important for India. First, its geostrategic location; Second, its economic potential, especially in terms of energy resources; and Third, its multi-ethnic and secular structure.


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