BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:56 A.M.) – Movements of army units in the area of the Korean border, which a number of mass media outlets have mistaken for an amassing of troops, are scheduled ones, as the units return to their permanent bases after a major military exercise in Buryatia, eastern Siberia, the official spokesman for Russia’s Eastern Military District told TASS.
“Practically the entire system of air defense forces of the Eastern Military District was engaged in the exercise and about 300 missile launches were held in the course of the drill in combat control over the air defense units and the Air Force,” said Alexander Gordeyev, the spokesman.
“The first phase of the exercise alone embraced more than 80 combined units and military bases of the Eastern Military District,” Gordeyev said. “We had 22 drills of different types,” Gordeyev said.
“Phase two includes inspections with full combat alerts, marches on the vehicles entered in the tables of equipment and by railway transport, and drills at special training grounds where the troops will be expected to fulfill special tasks,” he said.