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Belarus, Russia to sign updated military technology cooperation program in June

Society 15.05.2019 | 18:57
Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus Roman Golovchenko and State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas during the MILEX 2019 opening ceremony
Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus Roman Golovchenko and State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas during the MILEX 2019 opening ceremony

MINSK, 15 May (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia intend to sign an updated military technology cooperation program in June, BelTA learned from Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus Roman Golovchenko on 15 May.

The official said that Belarus and Russia are nearly done amending the intergovernmental agreement, which has to authorize the interstate military technology cooperation program for the period till 2020. “Areas of work have been clarified as well as delivery figures, the organizations taking part in the implementation of specific projects. I hope we will sign this program with Russian colleagues possibly during the Army forum in Russia in June,” Roman Golovchenko said.

Belarus-Russia mutual trade in military products is estimated at $500-600 million per annum. Belarusian export to Russia accounts for two thirds of the figure. “Those are not raw materials, but sophisticated-technology products, this is why Belarus' export of these goods to Russia even exceeds Russia's export to Belarus. We are very satisfied with this work,” Roman Golovchenko noted.

The defense technology expo MILEX 2019 opened in Minsk today. The expo will last through 18 May. Most of the products on display are showcased in the sport complex Minsk Arena and the surrounding outdoor area. Over 160 manufacturers and exporters of defense products from Belarus, Azerbaijan, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Poland, Russia, Serbia, and South Africa will present their products as part of the expo. The largest expositions will be deployed by Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China.

The eighth international scientific conference on military technology problems, defense and security matters as well as dual-use technologies will be held within the framework of MILEX 2019.

In terms of its scope, the composition and the level of participants, the availability of exhibition infrastructure MILEX is believed to be one of the largest expos in Eastern Europe. Since 2001 this large-scale defense technology expo has being attracting the attention of leading Belarusian and foreign manufacturers of military products. The organizers are the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus, the Belarusian Defense Ministry, and the national expo center BelExpo.

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