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Kazakhstan hosts «Steppe Eagle-2017» international peacekeeping exercise


Official closing ceremony of the international special tactical peacekeeping exercises «Steppe Eagle» has taken place at the “Iliyiskii” training complex under the command of the Ministry of Defence colonel general Saken Zhasuzakov.

In attendance at the ceremony were participants of the drills, including heads of military and diplomatic corps, NATO military experts and observers from the Armed forces of the United States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Turkey, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

At the ceremony, colonel general Saken Zhasuzakov stressed that President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in his address to the UN Security Council noted that Kazakhstan is committed to further improvement of the UN peacekeeping system and wants to increase the number of its military observers and peacekeepers at the UN peacekeeping missions. "In this regard, we will continue our peacekeeping training in which the Steppe Eagle exercise plays a pivotal role," said Zhasuzakov addressing the participants of the drills.

Colonel general Saken Zhasuzakov also added that the Steppe Eagle exercise has become an important tool for strengthening cooperation between the participating countries.

In turn, the Director of the NATO Cooperation and Regional Security Directorate, major-general Jan Toft thanked the organizers of the exercise and announced the official positive assessment by NATO representatives of the Kazakhstan peacekeeping battalion «KAZBAT», which in the framework of the exercise confirmed compliance with the standards under the ‘Operational Capabilities Concept’.

As a reminder, the “Steppe Eagle” exercises begins in 2003 and since 2012 it is being held within the framework of the «Partnership for Peace» program involving wide range of participants. It should be noted that “Steppe Eagle” allows us to develop a common approach of the commanding bodies to the planning, organization and conduct of operations lead by UN and NATO in order to achieve interoperability with alliance forces.

Credits: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan