Russia Kicks off Caspian War Games which includes Naval drills involving six Russian warships, seven aircraft and over 400 troops kick off in the Caspian Sea.
The exercise will run in the central part of the Caspian Sea north of the Absheron Peninsula.The Absheron Peninsula is a peninsula in Azerbaijan. It is in the location of Baku, the biggest and the most populous city of the country.
Russia has so far kept its distance from the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
The Defence Ministry said in a statement,The activitieS do not pose any threat and do not impose restrictions on the economic activities of the Caspian littoral states.
But Armenia, unlike Azerbaijan, is a member of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) military alliance and Yerevan has made clear it is hoping for Russian backing.
With protests still pressuring Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko after disputed elections, CSTO forces have also been taking part in joint military exercises this week in Belarus.
The exercises involving CSTO peacekeeping forces have took place in the Vitebsk region in the east of Belarus and are called “Indestructible Brotherhood”.