At the meeting, which was to be held by videoconference between Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Belarusian counterpart Viktor Hrenin, it was stated that they would discuss preparations for the joint strategic exercise “West 2021”.
The statement by the Russian Defense Ministry stated that “issues related to the basic approaches to the preparation and implementation of the joint strategic exercise” West 2021 will be assessed at the meeting. ”
It was noted that the ministers of both countries also plan to define the “priority tasks of the joint military group in the region for the period up to 2025”.
It was announced that the commanders of the Russian and Belarusian armed forces, representatives of the Standing Committee of the Union State and diplomats from both countries will attend the meeting.
The joint Russian-Belarusian military exercise “West” last took place in 2017. About 13,000 soldiers took part in the exercise. Russian and Belarusian soldiers held a joint exercise called “Slavic Brotherhood 2020” last September.
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