Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan holding joint counter-terror drills in Rostov region

Law enforcement agencies and security services from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are conducting joint counter-terrorism exercises in Russia's Rostov region.

"The participants in the drills are testing mechanisms to organize and coordinate the efforts of forces and means aimed at preventing and suppressing terrorist acts on transport and popular public venues. They are also practicing measures to maintain public order in areas facing an upsurge in extremist activity," a spokesman for the Russian Federal Security Service's Rostov region department told Interfax.

The directors of security services and counter-terrorism units of CIS member states will then discuss ways to improve the system of control and information sharing during counter-terrorism operations, as well as efforts to free hostages and neutralize terrorists, the leaders and members of gangs active in CIS member countries and their accomplices in other regions, the spokesman said.

They also plan to formulate methods of cooperation in dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack that involved toxic agents, he said.

"The exercises will not impact the schedule and operations of city services, organizations, enterprises, institutions and public transport in Rostov-on-Don and the region," he said.

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