Media reported about the possible visit of Putin to the exercises “Caucasus-2016”

According to a senior military source of the newspaper “Kommersant”, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin can arrive to the exercises “Caucasus-2016”, which started on September 5 and will be held at the sites of the southern military district, the Black and Caspian seas. As told the interlocutor of the edition, Putin may visit the final stage of the exercises on one of military ranges.

“Caucasus-2016” was planned and had been worked on for a long time: these teachings must complete the year cycle of training of the Russian armed forces, said the source “Kommersant” in the military authorities. Deputy defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has invited military attaches to visit 9 September, one of the stages of the exercise.

Strategic command-staff exercises of the Armed forces of Russia “Caucasus-2016” will last until September 10. Take part in them 12,5 thousand military personnel, the latest equipment, aircraft and ships, the defence Ministry reported. The Agency noted that the features of the exercises “Caucasus-2016” are organization of work of control centers at all levels using the latest automation tools, testing of new types of arms, military equipment and management systems, and broad use of aviation forces and black sea fleet and the Caspian flotilla.

On 6 September the Ministry of defense reported that the exercises “Caucasus-2016” will involve anti-aircraft missile system s-400 Triumf, s-300 Favorit missile and gun systems, ground-based “Carapace-C”.

According to “Kommersant”, the exercises “Caucasus-2016” began five days later after an extensive check of combat readiness of troops in the southern military district. According to a source in the military authorities prior to teaching a weekly check of the South-Western strategic direction was carried out on direct orders from Putin and was seen as a response to the incident with the Ukrainian military personnel in Crimea, where the Russian FSB was accused of attempted sabotage.

Earlier, on August 25 was declared sudden check of combat readiness of the armed forces, affecting the southern, Western and Central military districts and the Northern fleet, FSI and airborne. It ended August 31. As he said “RIA Novosti” the President of Academy of geopolitical problems Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, the August inspection of the combat readiness of the Russian armed forces became the largest in a year and a half.