Russia and Belarus deployed 200,000 troops and hundreds of equipment units to participate in the joint exercise Zapad-2021 held in the two countries.
The opening ceremony of the Zapad-2021 exercise was held today at the Mulino range in Nizhny Novgorod province, Russia. This large-scale exercise will last until September 16, with the participation of 80 aircraft and helicopters, 290 tanks, 240 artillery, rocket and mortar complexes and 15 warships.
“Exercise Zapad-2021 is purely defensive in nature. The purpose of the activity is to train servicemen to deploy in today’s conditions, and to increase the compatibility of allies and countries in combat. friendly with us,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said.
Russia and Belarus hold a joint exercise Zapad every two years, aiming to test the ability of the Russian Federation State to work together to solve problems of military security and territorial integrity, and interoperability. between the militaries of the two countries in repelling acts of aggression from the outside. This year’s drills were held at nine locations in Russia and the Baltic Sea, and five in Belarus.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 9 affirmed that the Zapad-2021 drills “are not aimed at anyone”, in the context of NATO “increasing its presence near the state border of the Russian Federation – Belarus” and its allies. of Moscow.
Nguyen Tien (Follow TASS)