The opening ceremony of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 was held at the Mulino training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region
The opening ceremony of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Zapad-2021 was held at the Mulino training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region.
The flag of the exercise and the national flags of the participating countries were raised in a solemn atmosphere on the parade ground of the field camp in the presence of officials of the headquarters of the leadership of the exercise and all personnel.
The words of greeting from the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, were conveyed to the participants of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 by the State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Nikolai Pankov.
"An event of this scale is unique in many ways. Its scope, the composition of the participating states, the number of personnel and equipment involved indicate the increased importance of joint training of our armed forces, " the State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Defence of Russia noted in his speech.
"The exercises as part of the coalition of states help to develop a common understanding in the training of troops, strengthen friendship and erase language barriers between our servicemen, form new joint traditions of combat brotherhood and military camaraderie," he stressed.
In his speech, Nikolai Pankov emphasized that the Zapad-2021 exercise "is purely defensive in nature", that it "is aimed at training troops to conduct military operations in modern conditions and increasing the operational compatibility of the military command bodies of the armed forces of our allies and friendly states."
The heads of foreign military delegations also addressed the servicemen with parting words. At the end, a solemn march of the units taking part in the joint exercise took place.
The events were attended by servicemen of military units and divisions of the Western Military District, representatives of the leadership headquarters and personnel of military contingents of the armed forces of Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.
The joint strategic exercise (JSE) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus takes place every two years in accordance with the decision taken by the heads of the two states.
The Zapad-2021 exercise is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.
Practical actions of the troops (forces) will take place in the period from 10 to 16 September 2021 at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five training grounds of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus.
In total, up to 200 thousand personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships will participate in the JSE Zapad-2021 on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.
The maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units subject to the Vienna Document of 2011 in the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6,400 military personnel.
The return of the military authorities and troops to the points of permanent deployment after participating in the exercise is planned until mid-October of this year.