Russia launches large-scale air defense drills

May 26, 2015 10:08 AM

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MOSCOW Russia has begun air defense exercises in the Ural mountains and western Siberia involving 12,000 soldiers and 250 aircraft, the defense ministry said on Tuesday.

The maneuvers, which began on Monday and are to last until Thursday, are meant to help the military prepare for a larger drill in September, called Tsentr-2015.

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