The PATRIOT PARK /Moscow region/, July 29. /TASS/. The Minister of defence of the Russian Federation General of the army Sergei Shoigu opened the third international Army games – 2017, the correspondent of TASS.

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“Every year the international Army games are attracting increasing interest in the country and abroad. We remember how it began. Three years have passed and today, your professionalism will show more than 3.5 thousand soldiers from 28 countries”, – said the head of the Russian defense Ministry at a ceremony.

The Minister expressed satisfaction with the growing number of States pursuing Game in their territory. “It is pleasant to note, – said Shoigu, that increases the number of countries ready to take over the Games on its territory. At this time, in addition to Russia they will be held in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China.”

“And expanding list of competitive disciplines . Now the participants will compete for medals in the 28 contests, – stated the Minister of defence. – Of course, this will increase the entertainment and controversial shower, the tournament will attract significant number of audience.”

“Remember that victory is always overcoming yourself, the result of hard work and complete dedication,” said the Minister, addressing the participants of the competition.

The head of the Russian defense Ministry expressed confidence that the participants of the Games will show determination, endurance, fortitude and strength of character, and that they will adequately stand all tests and will achieve its goals.