Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday Russia highly values counter-terrorist cooperation with Pakistan as a key player in the field.

“Pakistan is one of the key countries in the fight against terrorism. In this regard, Russia ofcourse attaches great importance to cooperation with Pakistan,” Peskov said.

Russian Army to hold first mountain drills with Pakistan in 2016

Russia’s Ground Troops Commander Col-Gen Oleg Salyukov announced last month that Russia would hold the first ever joint Russia-Pakistan counter-terrorism exercises in mountainous terrain this year.

“As part of interaction with our foreign colleagues in 2016, we have scheduled seven joint exercises with the involvement of the relevant units of foreign states. The Army will hold the Russian-Vietnamese exercise and the first ever Russian-Pakistani special drills in mountainous terrain,” Salyukov said.

Further, he said that joint anti-terror command and staff exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will be held.

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“The Peace Mission – 2016, the joint drills of peace-keeping forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization code-named Indestructible Brotherhood, the Frontier-2016 joint command and staff drills, the Indra-2016 Russian-Indian exercises and the Selenga-2016 Russian-Mongolian drills will be held,” the commander added.