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Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills

The territorial integrity of the Belarus-Russia Union State has been restored.

As a result of the simulation of a combat episode, the troops of Belarus and Russia together fulfilled the task of liberating parts of the Union State from terrorists. The active phase of the "West-2017" exercise is completed.

Until September 30, the personnel, armament, military and special equipment of the Armed Forces of Belarus will return to the points of permanent deployment, while military units of the Russian Federation will leave Belarus and return to Russia. Headquarters of various levels will hold a detailed analysis of the exercises.

On September 20, the Belarus President once again reassured western journalists that the Russian troops will not stay in Belarus after September 30 or use the country has a bridgehead for attacks against Belarus' neighbors.

Russian troops to leave Belarus by September 30 after West 2017 drills