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13.06.2017

CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces to hold drills in Kyrgyzstan in 2018
CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces to hold drills in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 The drills of the Collective Rapid Response Force of the CSTO will be held in 2018 in Kyrgyzstan. The Council of Ministers of Defense of the CSTO member states has adopted an action plan for 2018. The plan provides for joint exercises involving Russian peacekeeping forces, the collective rapid reaction forces of Tajikistan, and the reconnaissance units of Kazakhstan. All measures are aimed at increasing the effectiveness of response to crisis situations, both in the CSTO's responsibility zone and beyond.

03.06.2017

New tanks passed into Belarus’ Army service
New tanks passed into Belarus’ Army service New tanks have been passed into service by the Belarusian Army. The combat vehicle T-72 B3 is equipped with an engine of 1130 horse powers and with a side screen with a removable modular equipment set. The system of fire control has been perfected; it increases the efficiency of and the hit precision at a distance up to five kilometers. The new main gun is notable for accuracy life. As for the additional elements, modernized fire equipment and a radio station have been installed.

29.05.2017

Independence Day parade 2017 promises to be spectacular
Independence Day parade 2017 promises to be spectacular Independence Day on July 3, 2017 will be held according to a special scenario. The new conception was discussed at Alexander Lukashenko’s meeting. The task is to make the parade as spectacular as possible. Besides the soldiers marching and samples of weapons, guests of the parade will see modern civil machinery as well. The celebration will show all the best Belarus has.

21.05.2017

MILEX -2017: Sri Lanka interested in Belarus’ military machinery
MILEX -2017: Sri Lanka interested in Belarus’ military machinery Belarus’ Armed Forces fit the bill concerning modern challenge and threat counterefforts. It was stated by Belarus’ Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov. The strengthening of combating power is carried out in several directions. It is buying new arms and military machinery, which correspond to world standards,
Serbia interested in military cooperation with Belarus
Serbia interested in military cooperation with Belarus A Serbian delegation is among those who arrived in the Belarusian capital to participate in the MILEX exhibition. Immediately after the opening of the forum Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov met with his Serbian counterpart. The guest of honor was greeted by all the rules of the ceremonial ceremony, after which both ministers discussed possible options for cooperation. The head of the defense ministry of Serbia expressed interest in developing relations with Belarus in military industry.

20.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus is ready to ensure its security in any situation Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be as transparent as possible, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in autumn 2017. President Lukashenko also emphasized that Belarus doesn’t intend to curtail its cooperation with Russia because of the disagreements in other spheres. The forthcoming drills prove the aspiration. In as many as 20 countries military actions are taking place.
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent
Alexander Lukashenko: West 2017 joint drills need to be transparent Joint exercises of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia Zapad 2017 (West 2017) need to be maximally transparent, said the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, during the report on the drills. They will be held in Belarus in the autumn. The Head of State asked about the composition of the troops involved, the exercise area, as well as the expected results. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko demanded that the Defense Ministry leadership carefully consider cooperation with all other authorities.

21.02.2017

CTV journalist awarded for military coverage
CTV journalist awarded for military news coverage The best journalists covering the life of the Belarusian army have been chosen in Belarus. The results of the annual competition were summed up at the Ministry of Defence. The creative contest involved more than one hundred applications. Symbolically: The ceremony took place on the eve of Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is celebrated in Belarus on 23 February.

30.11.2016

Belarus overhauling trade unions system
Belarus overhauling trade unions system Belarus is modernizing trade unions that are members of the Belarusian Federation of Trade Unions (FPB). A decision on the need to merge the related organizations was made at 7th FPB Congress in 2015. This will enable the organization to more effectively solve problems. In addition, it allows exchanging professional knowledge. In 2016, trade unions in industry, energy, transport and forestry were merged. The next step is the unification of structures in the Belarus Armed Forces.

02.11.2016

Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk
Joint Collegium of Defence Ministries of Belarus and Russia held in Minsk Russia expresses its gratitude to Belarus for a well-timed humanitarian assistance in Syria. That was an announcement made by Sergei Shoigu at the joint collegium of Defense Ministries.

01.08.2016

Belarus taking part in tank biathlon at International Military Games 2016
Belarus taking part in tank biathlon at International Military Games 2016 Belarusian military are taking part in the Tank Biathlon event at the second International Military Games in Russia and Kazakhstan. Our compatriots are performing in combat vehicles produced in Belarus. They will have to compete with teams from 20 countries. All in all, the informal military Olympics involve 3,000 soldiers. Belarusian teams will demonstrate their skills in eight events.

30.06.2016

Culture Code approved by Belarus parliament's upper chamber
Belarus' servicemen not to take part in foreign armed conflicts - new military doctrine On June 30, Belarusian Council of the Republic completed the legislative season with the eleventh session. At their last meeting, they had to work with lots of documents, including new ones, for example Draft Code of Culture. There are no revolutionary changes in the document but some innovations are present.

04.04.2016

Servicemen banned from using smartphones for information security considerations
Servicemen banned from using smartphones for information security considerations Selfies pose a threat of leakage of confidential data. The Ministry of Defence has banned soldiers from using smartphones and tablets from information security considerations. Now, under the new rules, the military can only make calls using old models of mobile phones and use devices that don't provide internet access. All these measures are primarily aimed at maintaining the confidentiality of military information. But soldiers are allowed to use phones outside military units.

03.04.2016

Belarus urges Armenia, Azerbaijan not to escalate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Belarus urges Armenia, Azerbaijan not to escalate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko urged the parties to the Karabakh conflict to begin a dialogue. This topic was discussed during a telephone conversation with President of Belarus leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan, reports the press service of the President of Belarus. In the evening, on April 2, Alexander Lukashenko and Serzh Sargsyan in a telephone conversation discussed in detail the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

17.02.2016

President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility
President Lukashenko for army's increased mobility Mobile machinery is in focus during Belarus' Armed Forces rearmament, said President Alexander Lukashenko addressing territorial defense forces February 17, 2016. These forces have recently been created in Belarus. Their main task is to ensure the safety of the main objects of life, if necessary.  The Head of State asked the territorial defense forces about their readiness and then asked whether heads of districts and regions are ready to assume command. 

25.01.2016

Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes
Belarus' Military Doctrine 2016: Main points and changes This week Belarus considered a new edition of the military doctrine. The task of preparing such a document was set a year ago. The foreign political situation in the world is changing rapidly. And it is necessary to react. This is the usual procedure and the result of this work was presented this week to the head of state. The military doctrine has such new concepts as "local war" and "illegal armed group". The document now takes into account the events of the "Arab Spring" and a number of other armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

24.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now
Alexander Lukashenko: No direct military threat to Belarus now A new draft military doctrine was discussed at a meeting with the Belarus President on January 22. This is a mandatory document for any state in which it spells out the official position regarding security and armed protection. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will continue to adhere to the policy of peace, but the difficult situation in the world makes the country "keep powder dry."

15.11.2015

Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan
Belarusian, Russian armed forces set for new cooperation plan On November 13, President Alexander Lukashenko approved a new plan specifying the cooperation of Belarusian-Russian armies from 2016. According to the Belarusian head of state, the security issue should be considered in terms of relations in the post-Soviet space where three major integration associations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia exist. It’s indispensable to take into consideration the situation in neighboring countries as well.

27.10.2015

Alexander Lukashenko gets acquainted with Belarus' latest military equipment
Alexander Lukashenko gets acquainted with Belarus' latest military equipment Modern weapons and personnel training. After visiting the 120th separate mechanized brigade of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces Alexander Lukashenko went to the test site, where he was shown the newest weapons and military equipment. Some 80 hectares of space allow throwing grenades, train sniper precision in almost all conditions, day and night.

14.09.2015

Maxim Slizh, CTV correspondent
Belarus taking part in military exercise Combat Commonwealth 2015 The Ashuluk firing range was protected from a massive assault. As part of the exercises "Combat Commonwealth 2015" air defense forces of the allied states, which include Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and others, hit over 20 targets. They worked out a scenario of a sudden air attack. The active phase is complete and now the exercise "Shield of the Fatherland" is gaining momentum.

18.08.2015

Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to strengthen southern borders Belarus needs to strengthen the southern borders, said August 18 Belarus' President hearing out reports from Acting Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislav Zas and Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov. The head of state was informed about the situation in the Armed Forces, as well as ways to optimize the army. Alexander Lukashenko wondered whether all is done according to the parameters that had been identified at the recent meeting of the Security Council. Including in terms of the creation of new types of weapons.

17.08.2015

Belarus takes third place at First Army Games in Russia
Belarus takes third place at First Army Games in Russia Belarus is one of the three leaders in the first Army Games in Russia. According to the results of the international tournament, the Belarusian military took third place in the team event, winning 3 gold, 50 silver and 249 bronze medals. The best results were shown by Belarusian mortar gunners, who lost to the winners just a minute. Overall, 2000 soldiers from 17 countries fought for the title of best in the land, water and air.

17.06.2015

Belarus sees additional risks in concentration of NATO forces near country's borders Belarus sees more risk in connection with the placement of more NATO troops at its borders, including troops equipped with heavy weapons, said Belarusian Defense Minister, Lieutenant-General Andrei Ravkov in an interview with TASS. "Along with the strengthening of the aviation component of NATO member states in the Baltics and Poland, which protect air space, the alliance consistently sends additional troops to areas near the borders of the Republic of Belarus. They have heavy weapons," said the head of the defense department.

16.06.2015

NATO increases activity near Belarus borders, we have to react, Belarus defense minister says Alexander Lukashenko met with Defense Minister of Belarus Andrei Ravkov on June 15. The officials discussed the state of affairs in the Armed Forces. The army, according to the President, is bound to be strong today. The military must be ready to respond to modern challenges. The Defense Minister reported about the ongoing modernization of the Belarusian army. He also reviewed the latest missile tests and other systems created to protect the territory of Belarus. The report also touched upon army sport and personnel policy in the armed forces.

15.06.2015

Defense Minister reports to Alexander Lukashenko on modernization of Belarusian army
Defense Minister reports to Alexander Lukashenko on modernization of Belarusian army Alexander Lukashenko met with Defence Minister of Belarus Andrei Ravkov. The officials discussed the state of affairs in the Armed Forces.  The army, according to the President, is bound to be strong today. The military must be ready to respond to modern challenges. The Defense Minister reported about the ongoing modernization of the Belarusian army. He and also spoke about the latest missile tests and other systems that are created to protect the territory of our state. The report also touched army sport and personnel policy in the armed forces.

19.02.2015

Alexander Lukashenko given Kalashnikov during visit to Defense Ministry On February 19, Alexander Lukashenko visited the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus. Among the priorities of the Armed Forces in the coming years are the increasing of military capabilities as well as upgrading, technical modernization, and the intelligent optimization of the combat component. The President touched upon the role of officer corps in the armed forces with regard to modern teaching methods of warfare and social protection of servicemen. During the visit to the Ministry of Defense, the President was given a Kalashnikov rifle.

16.12.2014

Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' state defense directive Belarus should do everything to ensure military and socio-political security, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the country's Security Council, which considered a state defense plan, which is designed for five years.  The document outlines almost all potential threats and responses to them. The situation around Belarus is constantly changing. Conflicts break out in the world rapidly and unpredictably.