«Dear drills participants, the international military-political situation remains complicated. Given a persistent instability and tension, which goes beyond the Caucasus, the necessity of close collaboration and cooperation between the armed forces of the CSTO state-members is rising.» Six post-soviet countries pooled together their resources for the Poisk-2017 joint tactical-intelligence drills... Еще, which kicked off in the Rostov-on-Don Region, on Tuesday. Organised by Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), Poisk-2017 consists of combat intelligence units and special task forces of the CSTO's state-members, as well as military administration bodies. It is only the second time in CSTO's history that drills calling upon the use of intelligence forces are being conducted. According to Russia`s Southern Military District press-service, more than 500 military men from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are engaged in the military exercises. Commander of Southern Military District Forces Colonel General Alexander Dvornikov outlined how the current international military-political situation is «complicated» and said that, «given a persistent instability and tension, which goes beyond the Caucasus, the necessity of close collaboration and cooperation between the armed forces of the CSTO state-members is increasing.» Poisk-2017 aims to improve the intelligence forces' management systems and to control their potential in terms of information gathering, analysing and providing for the commanding bodies of the collective forces and their regions. The drills will run until October 7.