icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Russian & German soldiers bridge language barrier

In a rare show of solidarity amid increasing tensions between NATO and Russia, German paratroopers have visited the Russian city of Pskov to take part in a joint training mission.

Some of the German soldiers have taken part in special operations in Afghanistan and have served as peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This training exercise in Russia is not only about picking up different military techniques.

“One of the most important things about serving in the world's conflict zones is being able to communicate between different cultures. On this mission the infamous language barrier has miraculously not been a problem,” said Arnos Chnoberl, NCO, German Army. 

In a week the Russian hosts will go to Germany to take part in similar exercises.

“I wouldn't say that one side is better or worse than the other. They're just regular soldiers – it's how they're led that matters,” said Sergey Eremin, deputy regiment commander.

The Germans have set a precedent – a team of Indian commandos will arrive in Pskov in September.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.