Russian Airborne Troops Commander Vladimir Shamanov
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Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia seek to join Russian Arctic military exercises

Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia have expressed willingness to join Russian Airborne Troops exercises in the Arctic, said Russian Airborne Troops Commander, Col.-Gen. Vladimir Shamanov.

"In April, we traditionally address humanitarian issues in the North Pole. This year, we have been reviewing applications. So far, three countries have expressed interest in the events — Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia," Shamanov told a briefing.