KARS (Hurriyet)—Turkey and Azerbaijan concluded a set of military exercises near the Armenian border on Monday, the Turkish General Staff announced on its website.
The General Staff announced that the exercises were held between Feb. 18 and 20 on the Akbaba polygon, in the province of Kars, located on the border with Armenia.
According to a statement issued on Feb. 24, the aim of the exercises was to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries and share information and experience.
The military exercises involved 1,714 army personnel from the two countries, 85 of whom were from the Azerbaijani army.
“The main aim of the exercise was to strengthen interaction between the armed forces of the two fraternal states,” the statement said. It also added that the exercises were aimed at developing skills in tough winter conditions, testing the ability of units “in deep snow and extreme cold” in the Armenian Plateau.
Last year, the Turkish and Azeri armies launched joint military exercises between July 12 and 28 in Baku and in Nakhijevan.