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Army exercise Zapad 2017

Army exercise Zapad 2017

The Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 will take place on 14-20 September. It will pursue counterterrorism goals. In line with the scenario of the exercise extremist groups intent on acts of terrorism and destabilizing the situation in the Union State of Belarus and Russia have infiltrated into Belarus and Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast. It is believed that the extremists enjoy outside assistance and get supplies, weapons, and military hardware by air and by sea.

Belarusian, Russian military discuss joint air space protection
10 November, 19:14
Results of the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 were summed up. The sides confirmed the high level of interaction of the Belarusian and Russian armies in the course of joint events.
An archive photo
Belarus, Russia to review Zapad 2017 army exercise
10 November, 13:05
The meeting will be held in the Moscow-based National Defense Control Center. Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov is expected to lead the Belarusian delegation
Belarusian Defense Ministry. An archive photo
No Russian troops in Belarus after Zapad 2017 army exercise
25 October, 17:56
According to the Belarusian Defense Ministry website, a number of sources are busy spreading information about armed forces — over 5,000 men — from Russia, who are allegedly staying in Belarus long after the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 ended.
The army exercise Zapad 2017 in progress. An archive photo
Artificial hype around Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017
24 October, 15:51
Vladimir Makei said: “From my personal point of view, the hype surrounding the army exercise was absolutely artificial. Since the very start we'd been telling our partners that the army exercise would be as transparent as possible. And it was just the way we said it would be.”
Alexander Surikov. An archive photo
Ambassador: Army exercises should be treated reasonably
2 October, 12:14
The Belarus-Russia strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 made some unsound fuss. The ambassador stressed that army exercises take place in different countries and no army can manage without them. "This is a usual training session which is no different from an athletic one. Do not make up nonsense," Alexander Surikov said.
Last train with Russian troops leaves Belarus
29 September, 12:21
The Russian army train departed from a railway station in Borisov. Following the established tradition, logistics and support units were the last ones to depart for their permanent stations. Hardware and gear of the army units were loaded onto the train within the shortest time possible.
Belarus responds to Ukraine's derogative remarks about Zapad 2017 army exercise
26 September, 16:16
The day before the Ukrainian Defense Ministry website released an evaluation of the Zapad 2017 army exercise by representatives of the Verification Office of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Among other things the Ukrainian side believes that the Zapad 2017 army exercise was only “nominally open”.
Foreign observers watch the Zapad 2017 army exercise
Foreign observers delighted by Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017
26 September, 15:09
Anatoly Sidorov said: “I heard no remarks other than delight at the end of the wargames. I am absolutely sincere and objective about it. The observers assured themselves that the army exercise was not directed against third countries.”
Oleg Belokonev. An archive photo
Belokonev: Zapad 2017 demonstrated the highest level of openness
25 September, 09:24
“A total of 286 journalists from 22 countries were accredited. Representatives of the NATO, the OSCE, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the CIS, and the CSTO were invited to observe the army games,” said Oleg Belokonev.
Russian Air Force units leaving Belarus after Zapad 2017 exercise
21 September, 18:23
The source said: “Aviation of the Western Military District has started redeployment from Belarus' territory to Russian airfields. Tactical aircraft and helicopters of the Russian Armed Forces have already left.”
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