Today, Joint Board Session of Russian and Belarusian military departments was held in Minsk.
Heads of defence departments of two countries, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and Lieutenant General Andrei Ravkov, took part in the session.
According to General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, the session was held in a climate of mutual trust and understanding, and in a constructive manner. This allowed to take “important decisions promoting strengthening of security of the Union State”.
He also stated that ways of preparation and conduct of the West 2017 joint strategic exercise had been approved.
The exercise is to be held at several ranges of Russia and Belarus simultaneously next September.
“Situation connected with growing activity of the NATO near borders of the Union State will be taken into account while developing the scenario of the exercise,” stressed the Russian Defence Minister. He also noted that the exercise was to become the main event of the joint training of the Armed Forces of two countries.
The exercise is mainly aimed at performed tasks on planning, control and use of the regional force grouping.
Moreover, the session participants considered the implementation of the Plan of joint activities of the military departments for providing security of the Union State in 2016-2018.
According to the head of the Russian defence department, the parties paid special attention to “realization of the Agreement on joint protection of the external border of the Union State and creation of the Russia-Belarus Joint regional air defence system”.
“Measures taken in order to develop air defence system allow prevent breaches of the Union State airspace,” stressed the Russian Defence Minister.
The sides also approved main ways of increasing effectiveness of combat and technical support of the regional force grouping.
The General Staffs were assigned to unify technologies and documentation on creation of survey information means. Special complex exercise involving NBC protection troops was planned in course of the preparation for the West-2017 joint strategic exercise.
“Moreover, were discussed upon prospects of development of National Laws concerning procurement in the fields of defence and security,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. He also added that these issues were to be discussed with representatives of the military industrial complex of Belarus in course of the International military and technical forum ARMY 2017.
Legal and regulatory framework of two countries is being developed sequentially.
“Today, we have signed a number of important international documents,” noted Sergei Shoigu.
The Agreement on mutual technical support of regional force group, the Protocol to amend the Agreement on mutual protection of the Union State of Russia and Belarus external borders in air space and creation of the Uniform regional air defence system, the Regulation on mutual information exchange between the National Centre for State Defence Control and the Control Centre of the Belorussian Armed Forces.
Moreover, the parties approved the Cooperation Plan for 2017, which included more than 130 activities.
In conclusion, the Russian Defence Minister once again pointed out that the work of Joint Board of the military departments of both countries contributes to the further integration processes between their armed forces.
“Taken measures strengthen security of the Union State and increase our capabilities to respond to modern challenges and threats,” said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.