It’s already been dubbed the “anti-NATO”, and now Russia, China and four former Soviet states are co-operating militarily along the lines of the Western alliance. Russia’s President Putin invited his colleagues from the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation to watch their troops practising counter-terrorism measures.
The Shanghai group comprises Russia, China and four former Soviet Central Asian states. The leaders left their meeting in Kirgyzstan for southern Russia, where the exercises are taking place. The Russian general commanding the war games said it would help the Shanghai group fight both internal and international terrorists.