Lukashenko: We see new risks and challenges on the west of the Union State

09:50, 13 September

The joint strategic exercise of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2021 is held against the background of the ongoing hybrid aggression from the West, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he took part in a ceremony to award soldiers, who distinguished themselves in the exercise, on 12 September, BelTA has learned.

“The first stage of the Zapad 2021 joint exercise is over. This is one of the most important training activities of the Armed Forces, held against the backdrop of the ongoing hybrid aggression from the West against Belarus and Russia. We see new risks and challenges on the west of the Union State, the aggravation of the situation on the borders of the CSTO member states,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

According to the president, the created training environment allows improving the skills of joint military operations to repel aggression. Representatives of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, as well as the territorial forces of Belarus, along with the Belarusian and Russian soldiers took an active part in the exercise at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training area near Baranavichi. According to the head of state, all units successfully accomplished their tasks.

“Your actions during the exercise clearly confirmed the high readiness of the armies of our states and the Belarusian people to act together to ensure their sovereignty and independence. We have once again seen the effectiveness of the established system of territorial defense,” said the Belarusian leader.

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