Large-scale exercises of security forces have begun in Chechnya and will last for three days, the head of the republic announced at a meeting with representatives of security agencies.

On instructions from the Chechen leadership, the region was cordoned off at the perimeter, with special posts. Ramzan Kadyrov added that the total length of the ring is 841 kilometres.

The aim of the exercise was to test the level of interaction of all departments in the light of the instability on Russia’s southern borders, the head of Chechnya said. Chechnya is an outpost of Russia on its southern borders, Kadyrov said. «The situation in the world is unstable […] It does not mean war, but we must always be ready,» he said at a meeting with security officials.

The exercise is just a formal occasion, the residents of Ingushetia believe. It’s a kind of demonstration of Chechnya’s armament against the background of the conflict over the disputed territory near the border village of Dattykh, they said. «And what is this demonstration for I don’t understand, is it an act of intimidation?», a user under the nickname _ingushka_06_06__ wrote on Instagram.

Social media users also noticed that not a single Russian flag was visible during the demonstration of the country’s armed forces.

Earlier, Chechen Parliament Speaker Magomed Daudov reproached the Teip Council of Ingushetia for the failure of the elders to appear at the Sharia court on the land issue. He also threatened to take back what he thought were Chechen lands by looking at what Russian law says. Before that the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov announced at a field meeting in the Galanchozhsky district that he would take away Chechen lands given by Dzhokhar Dudayev from neighbouring Ingushetia if the Ingush would not calm down. According to him, the agreement to establish the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya in 2018 is a fraternal favour.

The co-chairman of the public organization «Mekh-Khel» («People’s Court») criticizedChechen authorities for insults directed at the Council of the Teips of Ingushetia.

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