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20 Sep 2017

Lukashenko commends participants of Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017

Lukashenko commends participants of Belarusian-Russian army exercise Zapad 2017BORISOV, 20 September (BelTA) – On 20 September Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko thanked the personnel, who had taken part in the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 in the Belarusian territory, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian head of state congratulated the military personnel on the successful completion of the army exercise. He wished them every success in their military service in the name of security and peaceful labor of the two brotherly nations. “I commend all the personnel, who took part in the Zapad 2017 army exercise in Belarus,” stated Alexander Lukashenko.

The president added it was not the first time he had taken part in the Zapad 2017 army exercise. “There is something personal in this exercise for every senior officer, for every general, and for me,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

In particular, the head of state recalled the Zapad 1981 army exercise. “I happened to participate in that exercise as a very young lieutenant. If I had to compare that exercise and this one, I’d say that the skills and the standards have improved by a significant margin. You are totally different soldiers and officers. Yet we have the same goals — protecting the independence of our states, our national interests, and simply our families,” stressed the president.

Alexander Lukashenko also pointed out that this year’s exercise had been the most significant and largest occasion for training Belarusian and Russian command and control organizations and troops this year. “It is symbolical that this exercise has been held in Belarus, which saw an all-out nationwide resistance movement during World War Two. We remember and take pride in the deeds accomplished by the generation of victors, who saved mankind from fascism. We have to do everything to improve common military security if we want to be their worthy successors,” stated the Belarusian leader.

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