Shoigu : The Russian-Belarusian exercise “Allied Resolve-2022”, which will be held in February at five military training grounds in Belarus, is very timely and useful for military cooperation between the two countries. This was discussed during a meeting between Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Minsk. On February 3, the head of the Russian military department flew to Minsk specifically to check the readiness of Russian troops for maneuvers.
The purpose of the exercises is to test the readiness of the coalition to repel potential threats in the western strategic direction. The military activity of NATO near the borders of the Union State does not allow to relax. In order to respond in time to any provocation, reserves are needed. Therefore, in January-February, an unprecedented operation was carried out to transfer Russian troops to Belarus from the Eastern Military District. The distance is up to ten thousand kilometers. Su-35S fighters, S-400 and Pantsir-S anti-aircraft systems were relocated here.
Shoigu thanked Lukashenka, who gave “all commands to deploy a large network to receive such a group.” According to him, everything is organized in such a way that there is even “the possibility of additional reception of equipment.”
At the same time, Lukashenka and Shoigu recalled the recent experience in the transfer of the CSTO peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan. As Shoigu noted, “this operation was carried out in the shortest possible time, and, as life already shows today, very timely.”
In 2022, the allied armies will further increase their maneuverability. For example, during the strategic exercises “Vostok-2022”.
A new step in military cooperation between Russia and Belarus is the creation of joint Air Force and Air Defense training centers. “To fly together, to guard the airspace together,” as Shoigu said. Two such centers have been set up: one in Russia, the other in Belarus.
Moscow and Minsk intend to further step up efforts to form a single defense space within the borders of the Union State. Russia will help Belarus, including the supply of weapons and military equipment. There is interest in him. In 2022-2023, Belarus will receive the latest weapon systems. “It is very important for us that our military people not only see this equipment in the picture, but, as they say, feel it, ” the Belarusian president said.
According to him, “Allied Resolve-2022” is also a hint to Ukraine. Unfortunately, the Union State has to think about how to cover the opened “southern direction”. At the end of January, by the way, the Belarusian air defense planted a Ukrainian drone on its territory. The spy followed one of the Belarusian training grounds.
The joint defense policy of Russia and Belarus, apparently, is already yielding results. At least, President Lukashenko, during a meeting with Shoigu, unequivocally assessed the capabilities of the two allied armies to resist the West: “If they climb, they will get it.”