The first units of the Russian Armed Forces which are going to take part in the “Allied Determination” joint exercises have arrived in Belarus, according to the Belarusian Defence Ministry. The country’s President, Alexander Lukashenko, announced the holding of the Russian-Belarusian exercises the day before noting that they will begin in February.
Today, the Head of the Department of International Military Cooperation, Major General Oleg Voinov, held a briefing for defence attaches accredited to the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus. As part of the briefing, information was brought about the verification of the reaction forces of the Union State, which will take place on the territory of Belarus in February.
It was stressed that the upcoming operational and combat training events are being held against the background of the aggravation of the military-political situation in the world, the continuing growth of tension in Europe, including at the western and southern borders of the republic. The goal of the training is said to be the test of the ability of the military of the Union State to repel threats at the border.
As specified, the training will take place in two stages. At the first stage (until February 9) it is planned to work out the questions of redeployment and creation of groups of troops in the threatened areas in a short time, organization and implementation of protection and defence of important state and military facilities, as well as assessment of the readiness of the forces for air defence.
At the second stage (from February 10 to 20), a joint exercise “Allied Determination 2022” will be held. During the exercise, the following questions are to be worked out:
- strengthening of sections of the Belarus state border in possible directions of illegal penetration of armed groups of militants into the territory of the republic, blocking of channels for the delivery of weapons, ammunition and other means that can be used to destabilize the situation in the country with the occupation of designated borders and the equipment of checkpoints;
- search, blocking and destruction of illegal armed formations and sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy in designated areas of responsibility, organization of interaction and comprehensive support;
- individual issues of post-conflict settlement.
According to the Belarusian Defence Ministry, the main outcome of the events is expected to be an assessment of the ability of the military authorities and troops to perform tasks to ensure the military security of the Union State. It is also mentioned that based on its parameters, the upcoming exercise is not subject to notification in accordance with the Vienna Document of 2011.
As recalled, Belarusian President Lukashenko has already told that Russia and Belarus were going to hold joint military exercises in February. Earlier, he noted that the exact date of the start of the manoeuvres has not yet been set.
“Define, inform, so that we are not reproached that we have pulled some troops here for no reason as if we are going to fight,” the President then instructed the Head of the country’s Defence Ministry Viktor Khrenin.
According to Lukashenko, they agreed on the need for such manoeuvres with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2021 at the Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg. The training is agreed upon after another joining exercise conducted from September 10 to 15, Zapad 2021 (“West 2021”). Then, the manoeuvres were organized at 14 military training grounds (nine Russian and five Belarusian), with the purpose to check the level of combat readiness and the ability of the military command to ensure the security of the Union State.