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The Russian Defense Ministry recently announced new combat training plans for the armed forces in 2005
Colonel-General Alexander Kolmakov, the commander of the airborne troops, has said the Pskov 76th airborne division will hold joint maneuvers with Indian, Uzbek, Chinese and German airborne units, writes Nezavisimaya Gazeta. A question arises: what kind of combat training will the Russian troops receive overseas? For example, what will this mean in China? (China itself initiated these exercises). Academician Vladimir Popov of the Academy of Military Sciences believes that China wants to take revenge and win back its "legitimate" territory - Taiwan. This is why it needs Russian experience. For similar reasons, the academician believes, a Russian airborne force will hold exercises in the Indian Ocean off the Hindustan coast. It is close to the Persian Gulf and Iraq, where the United States and its allies are trying to gain control over oil wells. Russia is not involved in this conflict yet. The Pskov soldiers are also preparing to visit Uzbekistan, which knows them well enough. Prior to the collapse of the USSR, Russian airborne forces ended conflicts in the Ferghana Valley and in Kyrgyzstan. Analysts note that the situation may be repeated now. They say that the Uzbek president is ill and a radical change of power is possible, which may involve military forces. In such cases, a power variant is quite probable. Obviously, for this reason Tashkent is initiating troop training in Uzbekistan. The soldiers of the 76th airborne division will also visit Germany. Germany is America's main opponent in NATO and the academician believes Russia should maintain friendly ties with the Germans. Today, overseas exercises are again becoming an element of Russia's military policy. For Moscow, they have a double advantage: joint exercises mean that less money from the Russian budget will be spent on defense and geopolitical objectives. Another important point is that this helps strengthen Russia's image, as well as positions in important regions
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