On October 27, a meeting of the joint Board of the ministries of defense of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation was held under the chairmanship of the Minister of defense of the Republic of Belarus, major General Viktor Khrenin. The event was held in a video conference format.
In the Belarusian part of the meetings of the joint Board, which was held at the Center for strategic Department of the General staff of the Armed Forces, in addition to the members of the joint Board was attended by Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Union state, the representatives of the State Secretariat of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus, Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, representative office of the standing Committee of the Union state in Minsk, the office attache of the Russian Federation, as well as experts from the Ministry of defence of the Republic of Belarus.
The main purpose of the meeting was to organize practical work on creating and strengthening the necessary joint military capabilities in order to counter the challenges and threats of a military nature directed against the Union state.
During the meeting of the joint Board summarizing the activities of the defense ministries in the intervening period, implementation of measures for ensuring military security of the Union state discussed the results of joint work of the General staffs on planning for the use of regional groupings of troops (forces) of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation in accordance with the changes in the military-political situation and forecast of its development until 2025.
The meeting participants discussed the main issues related to the organization and conduct of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation “West-2021”, which will be the main event of joint training of military authorities and troops in the coming year and will ensure further improvement of the current system of ensuring military security of the Union state.
The signing of a number of documents aimed at further developing and deepening military cooperation between Russia and Belarus and improving the joint military systems was an important moment of the next meeting of the Board.The plan of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation “West-2021”, the plan of bilateral cooperation for 2021, the work Plan of the joint Board for 2021 were approved, resolutions were signed on holding joint special exercises in preparation for the joint strategic exercise “West-2021”, on joint work to counter attempts to falsify the causes, results and legacy of the Second world war and the victory In the great Patriotic war of 1941-1945, on joint protection of the external border of the Union state in the airspace within the framework of the Unified regional air defense system.
The meeting of the joint Board was held in an atmosphere of complete mutual understanding. The defense Ministers expressed confidence that the implementation of the adopted decisions will contribute to further deepening of cooperation between the military departments of the two countries and strengthening the defense capability of the Union state.
The event included a working meeting between the Minister of defense of the Republic of Belarus and the state Secretary of the Union state, during which a number of issues related to the implementation of the Union state’s military programs were discussed.