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Belarus: Joint military muscle flexed during "Zapad-2013"01:12

Belarus: Joint military muscle flexed during "Zapad-2013"

Belarus, Gozhsky training area, Grodnenskaya Oblast
September 25, 2013 at 05:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belarus: Joint military muscle flexed during "Zapad-2013"

The joint biannual Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises, code-named Zapad 2013 (West 2013), show off the combined military firepower of the two nations as in these drills at the Gozhsky training area, in Belarus' Grodnenskaya Oblast. The six-day drills, which started on Friday September 20, are held in territory within the two states jurisdiction, such as military bases in Belarus, Kaliningrad, and waters in the Baltic and Barents seas.

Observers from over 60 states will attend the two-stage drills, which will also involve rapid-reaction units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). About 12,000 Russian servicemen are taking part in the exercises. The majority of the 10 million personnel involved is comprised of the Belarusian armed forces.

The drills will be held in three stages. The air-drop of self-propelled artillery weapons will be practiced at the military exercise of CSTO forces for the first time.

About 2.5 million people arrived in Belarus from the Russian military bases, joined by a further 300 from the CSTO. The joint training of armed forces within the framework of strategic exercises "West-2013" is to last until September 26.

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Belarus: Joint military muscle flexed during "Zapad-2013"

The joint biannual Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises, code-named Zapad 2013 (West 2013), show off the combined military firepower of the two nations as in these drills at the Gozhsky training area, in Belarus' Grodnenskaya Oblast. The six-day drills, which started on Friday September 20, are held in territory within the two states jurisdiction, such as military bases in Belarus, Kaliningrad, and waters in the Baltic and Barents seas.

Observers from over 60 states will attend the two-stage drills, which will also involve rapid-reaction units from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). About 12,000 Russian servicemen are taking part in the exercises. The majority of the 10 million personnel involved is comprised of the Belarusian armed forces.

The drills will be held in three stages. The air-drop of self-propelled artillery weapons will be practiced at the military exercise of CSTO forces for the first time.

About 2.5 million people arrived in Belarus from the Russian military bases, joined by a further 300 from the CSTO. The joint training of armed forces within the framework of strategic exercises "West-2013" is to last until September 26.