Shoigu announced the need to strengthen the air defense of the Union State of Russia and Belarus

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

A photo: Vladimir VELENGURIN

“Circumstances dictate the need to take urgent joint measures to strengthen the defense capability of the Union State, increase the combat readiness of the regional grouping of troops (forces) and the unified regional air defense system,” he said. Sergei Shoigu at a meeting with the Minister of Defense of Belarus Viktor Khrenin, which took place in Moscow.

The head of the Russian military department added that “today it is becoming more and more relevant, and the Russian side is ready to provide any support to the Belarusian friends in this.”

“The Republic of Belarus is our most important strategic partner, closest friend and ally. Today, bilateral military cooperation is developing in the face of unprecedented pressure from the West, an undeclared war against our countries,” the minister noted and stressed that Russia “highly appreciates the determination of Belarusians to resist the confrontational course the United States and its allies, as well as the readiness to jointly form a single defense space within the borders of the Union State.”

The Minister invited the Belarusian colleague to the Tenth Moscow Conference on International Security, the International Army Games and the Army International Military-Technical Forum, which will be held in August.

Shoigu recalled that on June 22, the peoples of the two countries celebrated the anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War. This year, a particle of the Eternal Flame, delivered from the Brest Fortress to the Main Temple of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, has become a symbol of the unity of our countries in confronting aggression and genocide. Colleagues also discussed measures to support Belarus in creating a center for patriotic education of youth, similar to the Russian Avangard center.

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