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17 January 2022, 10:49

Lukashenko to consider Belarus-Russia military exercise plan

MINSK, 17 January (BelTA) - The plan of a joint military exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia will be presented to Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 17 January, BelTA has learned.

According to the Telegram channel Pul Pervogo, “today the Commander-in-Chief will be informed about the plan of the forthcoming maneuvers.”

In late 2021, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed plans to hold joint military exercises in Belarus in 2022. At the meeting in St. Petersburg on 29 December, 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.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. An archive photo
Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin. An archive photo

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