As Russia juggles military and budgetary priorities, joint military exercises like this one between Collective Security Treaty Organization forces in 2014 could be on the decline.
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Ever since its unexpected loss of influence in Ukraine and subsequent standoff with the West over the country, Russia has been re-evaluating its military and security positions across the former Soviet periphery. With the war in eastern Ukraine developing into a long-term frozen conflict, Russia has worked to shore up its presence and assets wherever possible in the Eurasian borderlands. Central Asia, crucial for its long history with Russia and border with Afghanistan, is among the areas impacted by these developments. ...
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