MINSK, 18 January (BelTA) – Western countries keep seeking a solution to the ‘Belarusian bulge', Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said as he delivered a report to Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 18 January , BelTA has learned.
According to Viktor Khrenin, the analysis of operational and combat training in the neighboring countries suggests that such training has intensified. “Not only in the territory of the Baltic states and Poland, but also in the territory of Ukraine,” the minister said. According to him, these exercises seem to differ in place and time, their purposes and the troops involved. However, this all suggests that Western countries continue seeking a solution to the ‘Belarusian bulge'.
“One of the most effective measures to counter the growing military threat is strategic action. Based on this, we, together with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, have developed a conception for the Zapad 2021 strategic exercise,” Viktor Khrenin said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko asked about the conception of the exercise and whether all details of this exercise have been agreed with the Russian Federation. “The decision to conduct this exercise was taken by the Russian president and me a long time ago,” the president added.