MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The opening ceremony of the joint strategic exercise of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus “West-2021” took place at the Mulino training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region.
On the parade ground of the field camp, in the presence of officials from the headquarters of the leadership of the exercise and all personnel, the exercise flag and the state flags of the participating countries were raised in a solemn atmosphere.
State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Nikolai Pankov conveyed greetings from the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, to the participants in the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021.
“An event of this scale is unique in many ways. Its scope, the composition of the participating states, the number of personnel and equipment involved testify to the increased importance of joint training of our armed forces, ”the State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia noted in his speech.
“Exercises as part of a coalition of states help to develop a common understanding in the training of troops, strengthen friendship and erase language barriers between our servicemen, form new joint traditions of military brotherhood and military comradeship,” he stressed.
In his speech, Nikolai Pankov especially noted that the Zapad-2021 exercise “is of a purely defensive nature”, that it “is aimed at training troops in conducting hostilities in modern conditions and increasing the interoperability of the military command and control bodies of the armed forces of our allies and friendly states” …
The leaders of foreign military delegations also addressed the servicemen with parting words. Upon completion, a solemn march of the units taking part in the joint exercise took place.
The events were attended by servicemen of military units and subdivisions of the Western Military District, representatives of the leadership headquarters and personnel of the military contingents of the armed forces of Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.
The joint strategic exercise (SSU) of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus is held every two years in accordance with the decision made by the heads of the two states.
Exercise “West-2021” is the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation this year.
Practical actions of troops (forces) will take place from 10 to 16 September 2021 at nine training grounds located on the territory of the Russian Federation, in the Baltic Sea, as well as at five training grounds of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus.
In total, up to 200 thousand personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple launch rocket systems will participate in the SSU “West-2021” on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus and mortars, as well as up to 15 ships.
The maximum number of personnel of military units involved in training, subject to the Vienna Document 2011, on the territory of the Russian Federation will not exceed 6400 military personnel.
The return of military command and control bodies and troops to their permanent deployment points after participation in the exercise is planned until mid-October of this year.
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