Russia-Belarus Union Shield Drills Not Aiming To Aggravate Situation In Europe - Military
MINSK (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th August, 2019) Union Shield 2019, a joint military exercise organized by Russia and Belarus, will take place on Russian territory but far from European borders in a conscious effort to avoid aggravating the situation in Europe, Belarusian First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Belokonev said on Wednesday.
"Despite the increasing number of exercises of the NATO joint armed forces in Eastern Europe near the borders of the Union State [of Russia and Belarus], the joint operational exercise Union Shield 2019 will not take place at training ranges located near borders but deep inside Russian territory.
Belokonev noted that the amount of troops and military equipment involved would not exceed the limits that prescribe mandatory monitoring in accordance with various arms control treaties. About 12,000 troops and up to 950 military hardware units, as well as up to 70 planes and helicopters will be involved in the drills.