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International Army Games 2018 declared open in Russia


An Indian Army tank during the "International Army Games" held in Russia in 2017. Photo: Itar-Tass

NEW DELHI (PTI): The International Army Games 2018 at Patriot Park in Moscow region was declared open by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, an Army official said.

Indian teams are taking part in two major competitions – Tank Biathlon event at Alabino ranges, Moscow region and Elbrus Ring competition in Caucasus mountains – the official said.

The games are being held from July 28 to August 11 at 24 training grounds in seven countries namely Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Kazakhstan, China and Russia.

It is for the first time that Armenia and Iran are co-hosting events of the Army Games.

The opening ceremony was attended by about seven defence ministers and a number of delegations led by Chiefs of Staff on Saturday (July 28), the official said.

Indian Ambassador to Russia, Pankaj Saran along with Indian attaches attended the ceremony.

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