The joint strategic exercises of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad-2021 take place against the backdrop of the ongoing hybrid aggression by the West, Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced on Sunday. He also talked about purchasing weapons from Russia worth over a billion dollars.
The first stage of the Zapad-2021 joint exercise has ended. This is one of the most important undertakings in the preparation of the armed forces against the background of uninterrupted hybrid aggression by the West, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Sunday at the Camp-Lesnovsky training ground near Baranavichy. – We see new risks and challenges in the western part of the federal state (Belarus and Russia – ed.), A tightening of the situation at the borders of states that are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization – he added.
According to Lukashenka’s press service, in addition to military personnel from Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, Belarusian territorial defense units also took part in the exercise.
Purchase of weapons. Lukashenka lists the amount
Lukashenka announced the purchase of weapons worth over a billion dollars from Russia. – In the near future, dozens of planes, dozens of helicopters and important anti-aircraft defense equipment will be delivered from Russia. Maybe even the S-400 (anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems). We need them very much, I have already talked about it – quoted Lukashenka’s words by the state agency BiełTA.
The Belarusian leader indicated that during the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, 3.5 hours were devoted to the topic of defense. “The S-300 complexes completely cover the west direction, but as you know, the south direction has also come,” he said. As he said, “they are starting to heat us up from noon” and “we should prepare ourselves”.
From the south, Belarus borders on Ukraine.
Lukashenka also said that the Belarusian authorities would not talk to the West “until these brainless sanctions and the humiliation of our people are lifted.” According to the Belta agency, the Belarusian politician also said that the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, was to “ask the Russian president Vladimir Putin to put pressure on Belarus to change the policy of the Belarusian government.” “This is frivolous behavior,” he said.
Active maneuver phase
In Belarus, from September 10 to 16, the Zapad-2021 strategic maneuvers carried out jointly with Russia are active phase. According to the announcement, the exercises are taking place on the territory of both countries – in Belarus at five training grounds, and in Russia at nine training grounds and in the Baltic Sea region.
The defense ministry in Moscow announced that a total of 200,000 people would take part in this year’s maneuvers. soldiers and 80 planes and helicopters. 760 units of equipment were to be involved, including 290 tanks and 15 ships.
A total of 12.8 thousand people participate in the Belarusian part of the exercises. military, including 2.5 thousand. Russians. 50 soldiers from Kazakhstan are also participating. In Belarus, exercises are held at training grounds in the Brest Oblast in the western part of the country, including near the border with Poland. These are the following training grounds: Obóz-Lesnowski, Domanowski, Brzeski and the Różański airfield.
In Russia, the exercise area is the Western Military District. It includes the Kaliningrad Oblast bordering Poland, regions bordering Belarus, the center of the European part of the country with Moscow, and the northwest with St. Petersburg.
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