Defence Ministers of Russia and Belarus discussed joint activities for 2021
Defence Ministers of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and the Republic of Belarus Viktor Khrenin discussed in Moscow the plan of joint military cooperation activities for 2021.
"We have many issues concerning the continuation of our cooperation that require discussion," the head of the Russian military department said.
Sergei Shoigu said that the largest joint exercise will be Zapad-2021. In addition, events are planned not only for bilateral cooperation, but also within the framework of the SCO, the CIS and the CSTO.
The Russian Defence Minister also invited his Belarusian colleagues to an international security conference to be held this year.
The main issue discussed by the head of the Russian military department was the activity on the joint air defence system of Russia and Belarus.
In addition, Sergei Shoigu on Friday invited Belarusian servicemen to take part in this year's International Army Games.
“We are waiting for you at all our events, including the International Army Games,” said the Russian Defence Minister during a working meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Viktor Khrenin.
Sergei Shoigu said that several countries are claiming to host some competitions of the Games on their territory. The number of states that want to participate in the Games is growing.
In turn, Viktor Khrenin thanked the head of the Russian military department for the invitation and said that the Belarusian servicemen had already decided to participate in the Games this year. According to him, 27 Belarusian teams want to compete for victory in 26 competitions.
"And we will also host three competitions on the territory of Belarus," the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Belarus added.
In addition, during the meeting, the heads of the military departments of the two states agreed to establish three training and combat centers for joint training of military personnel.
The Russian-Belarusian joint combat training centers that are being created will be deployed in the Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad regions of the Russian Federation, as well as the Grodno Region of the Republic of Belarus.