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Belarus, Russia begin preparation for West 2017 drills

For the first time the military of Belarus and Russia are building bridges and organizing ferries. Now, army units don't consider water a barrier.

The redeployment of equipment on special bridges is possible thanks to the engineering troops of Belarus and a special Russian battalion.

The coordination of their actions was practiced on the Dnieper River.

Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
The staff is well prepared. The drills were successful and revealed high interest and high morale.

And, of course, the forces fulfilled their tasks perfectly.

Sergei Chudovskikh, Deputy Chief of the Engineer Troops of the Western Military District (Russia):
We will now plan and develop more complex tasks.

We will complicate the width of the water barrier, the conditions for overcoming and erecting floating bridges.

The next similar exercise is set to be conducted in Russia, with not only the engineering troops of the two countries to take part in it.

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Belarus, Russia begin preparation for West 2017 drills