Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia denies boosting Caucasus antiterrorism forces

Posted by Info on 30/08/2009

Russia’s Defense Ministry denied on Thursday media reports alleging that 3,800 troops would be redeployed from the Moscow Region to the Caucasus to bolster antiterrorism efforts.

A Defense Ministry spokesman said 3,800 personnel had indeed been redeployed to reinforce the North Caucasus Military District as part of the ongoing military reform.

He added however that the decision had been taken a long time ago and had nothing to do with the current situation in the Caucasus.

“Antiterrorism operations are conducted by specially trained Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service units, not regular army units,” A Defense Ministry spokesman said.

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