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Belarus plans joint aviation exercises with Russia

Vladimir Putin's Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly. (The Kremlin/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry has announced its intention to conduct joint aviation exercises with Russia. The ministry said on January 5 on Telegram that the joint flight and tactical training exercise was planned “in order to increase the level of combat training of the aviation units of the armed forces of [Belarus and Russia].” The ministry added that Russian personnel, weapons, and equipment will continue to arrive in Belarus. The joint training will be “comprehensive,” covering “not only combat components, but also all supporting systems.” A date for the joint exercises was not given in the ministry’s Telegram post.