Military threats, combined with political and economic pressure from Western countries have forced Russia and Belarus to take reciprocal measures, one of which is the new Military Doctrine, as stated by Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu.
“Apart from military threats, we continue to face political and economic pressure against our countries from the so-called ‘collective West’. Under the present conditions, we are compelled to take reciprocal measures,” Shoigu said.
According to the Minister, defence bodies of both countries moved over to planning bilateral military cooperation based on a five-year strategic partnership programme. He also added that the new Military Doctrine “is prepared and planned to be adopted soon” at the next meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State.
“My Belarusian counterpart and I signed statements today [on October 20] on prolonging the operation of agreements on the presence of two Russian military facilities in Belarus. One is the missile attack warning centre in Baranovichi and the other — the Navy’s radio communication centre in Vileika,” Shoigu said.
As stated by the Minister, a plan of bilateral military cooperation for 2022 that includes 139 events in various areas of the joint defence activity was approved and, as he specified, all the decisions are aimed at developing the defence ministries’ interaction and strengthening the Union State’s military security.
“This year, it [military cooperation] culminated in the Zapad-2021 [West-2021] joint strategic exercise that brought together the military contingents of seven states. The armed forces of five countries were represented by observers. The results of this massive event confirmed the preparedness and capability of our armed forces to effectively cope with the tasks of ensuring the Union State’s military security,” the Russian Defence Minister concluded.