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Russia to use Caucasus drills to prepare for international conflicts

Published time: January 16, 2012 18:44
Edited time: January 16, 2012 22:44

RIA Novosti / Artem Zhitenev

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The Ministry of Defense has started preparations for one of the biggest military exercises of the year, the "Caucasus-2012" drills.

The exercises are taking place in Southern Russia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Armenia in September 2012.

One purpose of the large-scale drills this year is to prepare the Russian military for a possible armed conflict between the US and Israel on the one side and Iran on the other.

“It would be a good demonstration of new Russian military power,” Viktor Mizin from the Institute of Strategic Assessment told RT. “We will show that Russia has undergone a revival of its military power, and is now becoming not only a major economic and political player, but also a major global military player.”