Sergei Shoigu declares 2015 Army International Games closed

The 2015 Army International Games (Army 2015), which ended on August 15, are the first, but not the last, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the Army 2015 closing ceremony.

The 2015 Army International Games (Army 2015), which ended on August 15, are the first, but not the last, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the closing ceremony.

"They provided an opportunity to see how capable the Russian army now is to defend its country," he said.

"We are thankful to our colleagues from various countries who were able to come to these competitions and show their mastery," the minister said.

"For two weeks, every day from morning till evening, you showed what you were trained to do, what you are being trained to do on the firing ranges of our country, at sea and in the air," he said.

Best of Army 2015. Source: YouTube / TVZvezda

Shoigu thanked all competition participants for "a beautiful and fair fight," volunteers and everyone who ensured the success of this tournament.

The games were conducted on August 1-15 on 11 firing ranges located in the territory of three military districts: Western, Southern and Central, from Siberia to the Krasnodar Territory in the territory of 11 regions of the Russian Federation. The 2015 Army International Games comprised 14 field, air and sea training competitions.

Fifty-seven teams from 17 countries, representatives of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America took part in Army 2015. Among the guest teams, the teams representing the Defense Ministries of China and Belarus had the most members. The Chinese military took part in 12 military games contests and the Belarusian teams took part in nine contests.

The most teams (13) - representatives of Angola, Venezuela, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, China, Mongolia, Nicaragua, India, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Tajikistan and Russia - took part in the Tank Biathlon contest, which was conducted on the Alabino firing range.

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