Russia to take part in India's Force18 drills

The theme of Force18, which will be held from March 2 to 8, is humanitarian mine action and peacekeeping operations.

India will next month conduct its first-ever major multinational exercise "Force18" at Pune with 18 ASEAN Plus members, including China, the US, Russia, Japan and South Korea, in tune with the country's "Act East" policy.

Officers said the aim behind the maiden multi-lateral ground forces exercise on Indian soil would be "to learn and share" the best practices with the other Armies of the world and "display our commitment for peace and stability in the region".

The theme of Force18, which will be held from March 2 to 8, is humanitarian mine action and peacekeeping operations.

"It will build common understanding in execution of techniques required to meet UN peacekeeping guidelines and dealing with explosive remnants of war," one of the officers said.

"A unique feature has been embedded in the execution of Force18, which is to train foreign trainers for a week before the exercise begins. Over 25 foreign trainers, who will be trained by the Indian Army, have already reached Pune," he added.

First published by Sputnik.

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