Russia to ramp up army cooperation with main ally


Moscow and Minsk will proceed their joint workouts, that are supposed to spice up the fight readiness of their militaries, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Monday in Belarus, throughout a press convention together with his counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko.

The Russian president revealed that Moscow and Minsk had already activated an built-in air protection and warning system, and that Russia may quickly prepare pilots from Belarus on airplanes modified to make use of “special ammunition.”

The two members of the Union State will “continue the practice of regular joint exercises” and different measures designed to extend army readiness, Putin stated.

“Joint military planning is ongoing, within the framework of implementing the common military doctrine of Russia and Belarus,” Putin stated. The joint regional grouping – a formation that features troopers from each nations, stood up in October – is finishing up workouts to additional promote fight readiness, he added.

In addition to deepening army ties with Russia throughout the Union State, Belarus will take over the rotating presidency of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in January. The Russian-led army bloc additionally consists of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Minsk on Monday for a collection of talks with their Belarusian counterparts concerning financial, army and vitality cooperation.

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