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Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20

The active phase of the exercise West-2017 is already at the finish line. It is planned that the President of Belarus will observe the maneuvers on September 20.

Alexander Lukashenko will visit the combined-arms training ground in Borisov.

This is the largest bridgehead in Belarus, where the Allied forces of Belarus and Russia will show how ready they are to cooperate in protecting important facilities and to defend themselves against the onslaught of a potential enemy. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is expected to arrive at the test site near Borisov.

Vladimir Makarov, Head of Information Department - Press Secretary of the Main Directorate of Ideological Work of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation will train to counteract the offensive of a simulated enemy and create conditions for the counteroffensive (with the further task of destroying the enemy and restoring the lost positions).

Training and simulated military actions will also be held at the Lepel and Osipovichi training ranges. There the servicemen of Belarus and Russia will hold a counterattack - the last supposed bulwark of extremists will fall on September 20. By the way, during this training episode, the armored personnel carrier Caiman, the flagship of the Belarusian military industry, will be used for the first time.

Alexander Lukashenko, Sergei Shoigu to observe West 2017 exercise in Borisov September 20