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31 January 2023, 18:06

Defensive nature of ongoing Belarus-Russia air force exercise emphasized

Photos courtesy of the Belarusian Defense Ministry's news agency  Vayar
Photos courtesy of the Belarusian Defense Ministry's news agency Vayar

MINSK, 31 January (BelTA) – State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Aleksandr Volfovich attended a Belarusian-Russian air force tactical exercise, which active phase took place in the military training area Ruzhany on 31 January, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Volfovich said: “In the course of polishing practical actions of aerial units command bodies of Air Force units demonstrated high cohesion. Belarusian and Russian pilots did the same by successfully accomplishing all the assigned tasks shoulder to shoulder.”

The official also stressed that the air force exercise is purely defensive and is not aimed at anyone. At the same time it reaffirms Belarus' policy towards stronger international security and demonstrates the resolve of the Belarus-Russia regional military force to protect borders of the Union State of Belarus and Russia.

Aleksandr Volfovich said: “You can see for yourself the complicated military and political situation evolving along our borders. NATO forces in Eastern Europe have about 34,000 military personnel. The aviation force of the USA and NATO countries in the European zone has over 2,200 combat aircraft, including over 140 aircraft in Poland and the Baltic states. The scale of operational and combat training events is growing larger. Reconnaissance flights continue in the airspace of neighboring European countries. All kinds of provocations happen. Neighboring countries are rapidly militarizing.”

Aleksandr Volfovich also pointed out that Belarus does not try to hide anything from anyone. The ongoing air force tactical exercise is a scheduled event. It has been organized taking into account international transparency requirements and has been properly covered by mass media throughout its duration.

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