Forces of the Western Military District are actively preparing for the first world tank biathlon championship, district commander Col. Gen. Anatoly Sidorov told a press conference in St. Petersburg on Friday.

"Nineteen countries have acknowledged their participation. Active preparations are underway for the first world biathlon championship in Alabino, Moscow region," Sidorov said.

Servicemen of six CIS countries, China, India, Greece, Italy, African and Latin American states will join the competition, he added. "There will be NATO participants plus a large number of observers from other states, from Scandinavia and Western Europe," Sidorov said.

The Russian tank, possibly, T-72, will be the main vehicle of the competitions. But if foreign teams prefer to drive their own vehicles, they will have this opportunity, Sidorov said.

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