Russian troops arrive in Belarus in preparation for Zapad-2021 strategic exercises – Army and Defense

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MOSCOW, July 22. / TASS /. The first Russian military train carrying troops and equipment has arrived in Brest for the Zapad-2021 (West-2021) strategic maneuvers between Russia and Belarus, the Belarusian Defense Ministry press office reported on Thursday.

“The first military train carrying Russian troops and equipment has arrived in Brest. The troops will participate in the Zapad-2021 joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of Belarus and the Russian Federation,” the press office said in a statement. communicated.

“We arrived in a good mood and traveled less than 24 hours. There was no problem during the transit. We were helped to unload our equipment. I am happy to have arrived on the soil of the Republic of Belarus with my staff to participate in the exercises, ”said the press office citing the deputy commander of the Russian military contingent Sergei Kobrov.

The Russian military unit regularly participates in major strategic exercises and the first task now is to “unload armaments and military equipment, leave for the designated area and start equipping a field camp,” the deputy commander said. .

The military train carrying Russian troops and equipment has also arrived at Polonka station in the Brest region to prepare for and participate in the next joint strategic exercise, the Belarusian Defense Ministry press office said.

The Zapad-2021 strategic maneuvers will take place on the territory of Russia and Belarus from September 10 to 16 to focus on “the employment of groupings of forces (troops) in the interest of ensuring the military security of the [Russia-Belarus] State of the Union “.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov visited Belarus last week to inspect areas for the upcoming joint military exercise. He also discussed “the essential issues of military cooperation in combat training” with the Belarusian Chief of Staff Viktor Gulevich.

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