MOSCOW (Web Desk) – Russian Army Commander-in-Chief Oleg Salyukov has said that ground forces will hold the first ever military exercises with Pakistan in 2016.

“As part of interaction with our foreign colleagues in 2016, we have scheduled seven joint exercises with the involvement of the relevant units of foreign states. The Army will hold the Russian-Vietnamese exercise and the first ever Russian-Pakistani special drills in mountainous terrain,” Salyukov said.

Further, he said that joint anti-terror command and staff exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will be held, according to TASS news agency.

“The Peace Mission – 2016, the joint drills of peace-keeping forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization code-named Indestructible Brotherhood, the Frontier-2016 joint command and staff drills, the Indra-2016 Russian-Indian exercises and the Selenga-2016 Russian-Mongolian drills will be held,” the commander added.

A Russian delegation on Thursday arrived in Pakistan to discuss the sale of military hardware.