MINSK, 20 October (BelTA) –A Belarus-Russia joint air-defense and air force training and combat center in Belarus has gone operational, Belarusian Defense Minister Lieutenant General Viktor Khrenin said at a session of the joint collegium of the defense ministries of Belarus and Russia in Moscow on 20 October, BelTA has learned from the Defense Ministry.
"In Belarus and Russia, work is underway to set up three training and combat centers for the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia. We have tested the joint air defense combat duty within the framework of the Unified Regional Air Defense System of Belarus and Russia this month. We can regard this as the launch of the joint air-defense and air force training and combat center," Viktor Khrenin said.
According to him, the meeting of the joint collegium was held in a constructive manner. "We have a full understanding of responsibility for ensuring military security of our states. We firmly adhere to the common positions on all topical issues on the bilateral agenda," the minister said. “Traditionally, we approved the bilateral cooperation plan for 2022 of the defense ministries of Belarus and Russia, which includes more than 100 events. The proposals of the Russian and Belarusian military authorities have been taken into account. The plan prioritizes the practical measures to implement the joint decisions. I am confident that by executing all the decisions that we have taken we will maintain military and military-technical cooperation between our countries at the strategic level, and bolster the defense capability of the Union State as a whole."