St. Petersburg, 29 December (BelTA) – The presidents of Belarus and Russia, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, confirmed the plans to hold joint military exercises in Belarus in 2022 as they met in St. Petersburg, BelTA has learned.
The Belarusian head of state noted that he had asked his Russian counterpart to continue cooperation in the defense industry, the military-industrial complex. "You have always supported me in this regard. I have asked you not to stop holding joint exercises. We continue to set up centers to train our military, first of all, in new samples of military equipment that we buy from Russia," the Belarusian president said.
"I know that you and your military are considering my proposals for exercises on the territory of Belarus. I would like you to support them. This will benefit the Belarusian-Russian relations," Aleksandr Lukashenko added.
Vladimir Putin, in turn, said: "As you suggested, we will hold the exercises at the beginning of the year. The military will coordinate and decide when, in March-February, or some other time.”