The first Russian-Uzbek military exercises will be held in Uzbekistan September 23, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said upon his arrival in the Uzbek capital Wednesday.
He said 200 Uzbek and 200 Russian troops would be involved in the exercises, including Russian airborne forces and special forces of the Main Intelligence Directorate. "These exercises are very interesting and important," the minister said. "The exercises point to a new quality of bilateral relations, RIA Novosti reports.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea