MINSK, Jan. 17 (BelTA) — The joint operational exercise of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia scheduled for February has been named “Allied Resolve 2022, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus – Chief of main operational group Order Pavel Muraveyko, reports BelTA.
Pavel Muraveyko drew attention to the ongoing militarization of European countries. According to him, the NATO contingent is strong enough to provoke and trigger any international conflict.
“The headline-grabbing provocation caused by the so-called migrant crisis continues,” the Deputy Chief of the General Staff said. “More than 20,000 soldiers have been deployed in Poland, of which 15,000 are representatives of the ground forces. More than 12,000 military personnel have been deployed in the Baltic States. These are representatives of the army, police and border services.”
According to him, the military build-up near the Belarusian border raises concerns and requires an objective response. “This reaction will be absolutely adequate and transparent. Together with our Russian colleagues, we will conduct a rapid exercise of the Union State forces and means of response,” said Pavel Muraveyko. “We gave it the name “Allied Resolve 2022”.
As reported, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the plan for a joint operational exercise of the armed forces of Belarus and Russia. The exercise is scheduled for February. It will be held on the western and southern borders of Belarus.
“As you know, the Russian President and I agreed in December last year to hold rapid exercises on the western border of the Union State and on the southern border of Belarus, which is also the border of the Union State. Today we see the need to hold large-scale exercises in the western and southern regions,” said Alexander Lukashenko.
“These should be large-scale exercises to drill a certain course of action against the following forces: in the west (the Baltic States and Poland) and in the south (Ukraine),” the President.
In turn, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Viktor Gulevich pointed out that one of the risks to the military security of Belarus is the presence of NATO troops on the territory of neighboring countries. According to him, the cluster of operations of the Enhanced Forward Presence and Atlantic Resolve alliance near the Belarusian border consists of more than 10,000 personnel and more than 300 tanks. In addition, due to the migration crisis caused by Western countries, more than 23,000 people were deployed on the territory of neighboring countries of Belarus along the national border in the northwest, west and south directions.
“Our country must respond to these challenges. In accordance with the decision of the Presidents of Belarus and Russia, a full readiness test of the Union State Border Protection Intervention Forces is underway. Control bodies, formations and military units of the Belarusian and Russian armed forces are being tested,” Viktor Gulevich said.
During the full readiness test, a fairly large contingent will be gathered on the territory of Belarus. A number of tasks will be performed, including those aimed at protecting the State of the Union in the Southern Operational Zone, both in airspace and on land. The tasks will also relate to the fight against sabotage and reconnaissance groups and illegal armed formations. Plans are in place to test the military logistics system to ensure regrouping over long distances. “The activities will test the military component of the State of the Union to respond to military security risks and challenges,” the Chief of the General Staff said.
The Armed Forces Combat Readiness Test will take place in two stages, explained Viktor Gulevich. “The first stage provides for groupings, initial positions on operational directions. The second will be the exercises to conduct combat training exercises.