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27 November 2013
Promoting Military Cooperation

    On 27 November 2013, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin and Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belarus Gong Tszyanvey held a protocol meeting in the Ministry of Defence, on the occasion of termination of his diplomatic mission.
    The sides discussed the prospects of bilateral military cooperation.
    At the meeting the parties mentioned regular exchange of high-level delegations, joint tactical trainings, education programmes for Belarusian and Chinese military personnel in military schools of both countries.

25 November 2013
Arms Control Issues

    On 25 November, a mission of France has started a five-day observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the -130 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.
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    On 27 November 2013, a Latvian inspection group is to conduct an evaluation visit to the 116th aviation base under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Latvia.
    At the same time, a Poland inspection group is to conduct an evaluation visit to the 38th independent mobile brigade in the framework of the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Poland.
    Inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified units.

20 November 2013
Belarusian Defence Minister to Participate in CIS Defense Ministers' Council

    On 21 November 2013, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin will participate in the annual meeting of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council, which will be held in Moscow.
    The agenda of the meeting includes more than 20 issues. In particular, the participants will discuss the activities of the CIS joint air defence system in 2014, the 2014 Work Plan of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council, interaction between the CIS defence ministries and other uniformed services in the field of anti-terrorist training and establishment of the CIS Training Centre for International Security.
    During the visit, the Belarusian Defence Minister will conduct bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to sign cooperation plans for 2014.

15 November 2013
Arms Control Issues

    On 12 November, a Belarusian inspection group visited a military unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between the two countries.
    The inspection verified the reliability of the information on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit, presented by Lithuania to the 2011 Vienna Document member states.
    From 13 to 15 November, Moscow hosted a meeting of the Joint Consultative Group on Arms Control within the framework of bilateral cooperation between Belarusian and Russian defence ministries.
    During the meeting, the parties harmonised their positions and joint steps on implementing international arms control treaties.
    The Belarusian delegation was headed by Col. Yuri Chernukha, chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections.
    
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    From 18 to 21 November, a Canadian inspection group is to verify a specified area in Belarus under the CFE Treaty.
    During the visit the inspection group will verify a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which is subject to control under CFE.
     The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
     The inspection group includes three inspectors from Canada and inspectors from Denmark, France, Hungary, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

1 November 2013
Participation in OSCE Forum on Security Cooperation

    On 30 October 2013, Oleg Krivonos, deputy chief of the General Staff for scientific work, chief of the Military-Scientific Directorate, participated in the OSCE forum on security cooperation.
    The representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces together with the Russian participant, Gen. Col. A. Postnikov, deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, held a briefing for representatives of the NATO states dedicated to the Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia joint exercise.
    The briefing participants attention was emphasised on the exercise scenario, its stages, tasks and results. The exercises transparent character was stressed once again during the meeting: OSCE member states were informed about it beforehand and the exercises active stage was observed by accredited military attaches from 22 countries and 34 military observers from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.
    At the briefings end, it was said that the Zapad 2013 joint exercise allowed uniting efforts of national, collective and regional security systems in order to localise potential threats in the East-European region and thus enhance the level of all-European security.

29 October 2013
Session of Joint Collegium of Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries

    A regular session of the Joint Collegium of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries was held in Moscow on 29 October.
    During the meeting, the parties considered the results of implementing the 20132015 joint action plan to ensure military security of the BelarusRussia Union State and summed up the results of the Zapad 2013 joint strategic exercise.
    The participants of the collegium discussed the draft programme for improving military infrastructure to support the BelarusRussia Regional Joint Force (RJF), as well as signed redrafted regulations on the Joint Collegium of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries and its action plan for the coming year.
    In addition, the parties presented the information on the implementation of the agreement between Belarus and Russia on joint protection of the Unions external air borders and establishment of the Belarus-Russia United Regional Air Defence System.
    The defence ministers noted the high level of cooperation and interaction between the two defence ministries.
    Assessing the results of Zapad 2013, they pointed out that the two countries have reached a new level of ensuring the Unions military security and improved RJFs effectiveness. In the future, the results of the exercise will be taken into account when planning RJFs employment, as well as preparing and conducting various training activities in the armed forces. The efforts will be focused on practical measures to ensure the Unions military security.
    The key joint event for the next two years will be the Union Shield 2015 joint exercise, which will be held in Russia.

25 October 2013
Military Inspection Activities

    From 21 to 25 October, a German inspection group visited Belarus under the CFE Treaty to inspect specified areas.
    During the visit, the inspection group verified the 977th Artillery Weapons Base and the Training Support Centre of the Belarusian Military Academy, which are subjects to control under the Treaty.
    The inspection group proved the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data.

24 October 2013
Session of Joint Collegium of Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries

    A regular session of the Joint Collegium of the Belarusian and Russian defence ministries will be held in Moscow on 29 October this year.
    During the meeting, the parties will discuss further military cooperation between Belarus and Russia, consider the results of implementing the 2013-2015 joint action plan to ensure military security of the Belarus-Russia Union State, sum up the results of the Zapad 2013 joint strategic exercise, as well as lay down the key areas of work for the coming year.

23 October 2013
Delegation of the International Red Cross Committee Visiting Belarus

    On 23-25 October, Minsk is hosting an international round table discussion dedicated to the urgent issues of integration of the international humanitarian law under the cooperation action plan between the Belarusian Defence Ministry and the Regional Delegation of the International Red Cross Committee in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
    The event involves representatives of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, defence ministries of Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, as well as of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, Legal and International Military Cooperation Directorates of the Belarusian Defence Ministry.

22 October 2013
Lithuanian News Media Tour in Belarus

    On 22-23 October, a press tour for Lithuanian military media is being held in the Belarusian Armed Forces.
    During the tour, the journalists will get acquainted with the work of the Armed Forces Research Institute, the combat training process and facilities of the 2nd Engineer Brigade, as well as the Vayar military information agency.

21 October 2013
Arms Control Issues

    From 21 to 25 October, a German inspection group is to visit Belarus under the CFE Treaty to inspect specified areas.
    During the visit, the inspection group will examine two military units of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which are subject to control under the Treaty.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
    In the same period of time, a joint German and Latvian mission is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the Swedish SAAB-340 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.
    
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    On October 22, a Belarusian inspection group is to visit a military unit of the Latvian Armed Forces under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between the two countries.
     The inspection's aim is to verify the reliability of the information on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit, presented by Latvia to the 2011 Vienna Document member states.

15 October 2013
Vietnamese News Media Tour in Belarus

    A press tour of military media representatives from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Belarusian Armed Forces began on October 15.
    Today, the Vietnamese delegation has visited the Vayar military information agency where the guests have got acquainted with the agencys structure.
    During the next 4 days, the participants of the tour will visit the VoenTV television company, the 2nd Engineer Brigade, Minsk Suvorov Military School, as well as cultural and historical sites in Belarus.

14 October 2013
Inspection in Poland

     On 15-17 October, a Belarusian inspection group will inspect two military units in Poland which are subject to control under the CFE Treaty. The aim of the inspection is to prove the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data.

11 October 2013
Arms Control Issues

     On 14-18 October, a joint US and Swedish mission will conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board an American OS-135B observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty to control military activities on the territory of the observed states.

10 October 2013
Belarusian Defence Minister Finishes Visit to Ukraine

     Today, the delegation of the Belarusian Defence Ministry headed by Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin has finished his visit to Ukraine.
    During the meeting the defence delegations of the two countries discussed the state and further development of the military cooperation between Belarus and Ukraine and signed a number of documents, including the action plan for bilateral cooperation between the defence ministries for 2014.
    During the visit to Lvov region the Belarusian guests visited the Army Academy where they got acquainted with the training process and the History Museum.
    The participants of the Belarusian delegation laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier and visited the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev.
    The visit promotes further mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries armed forces and is intended to define ways of the bilateral military cooperation between Belarusian and Ukrainian defence ministries taking into account common priorities and national interests.

08 October 2013
Belarusian Defence Minister Visiting Ukraine

    Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin has arrived in Ukraine on an official visit heading a delegation of the Ministry.
    The Belarusian Defence Minister is scheduled to hold meetings with his Ukrainian colleague to discuss further development of military and technical cooperation.
    The Belarusian delegation plans to visit the international center for peacekeeping and security of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Hetman Sahaidachny Army Academy and a number of military units.

07 October 2013
Arms Control Issues

    On 7-10 October, a Belarusian inspection group will conduct an evaluation visit on the territory of Denmark under the 2011 Vienna Document.
    During the visit the inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Denmark to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit within the 2011 Vienna Document.
    On 7-11 October, a joint German and French mission will conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board an S-130N observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty to control military activities on the territory of the observed states.

03 October 2013
Arms Control Issues

    The last week was full of events dedicated to arms control issues.
    On 29 September, representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces took part in the observation of the Zobens military exercise on the territory of Latvia.
    From 30 September to 4 October, a Belarusian inspector within the Ukrainian inspection group examined a specified area in Hungary under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
    The inspection group proved the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data.
    From 30 September to 3 October, a Polish inspection group verified a specified area in Belarus under the Agreement on Additional to the 2011 Vienna Document Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.
    The inspection proved that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the Agreement is conducted in the specified area.
    From 1 to 2 October, the Belarusian National Agency for Control and Inspections hosted working meetings between representatives of the Belarusian and Kazakhstani armed forces dedicated to the cooperation in the field of arms control.
    The parties discussed main activities of bilateral cooperation in the field of arms control in 2014, including mutual training and education of verification staff.

03 October 2013
Indestructible Brotherhood 2013

    On 7-11 October, the Indestructible Brotherhood 2013 joint peacekeeping exercise of the CSTO peacekeeping forces will be held at the 255th range of the Russian Central Military District, Chebarkul.
    Belarus will be represented by a peacekeeping platoon of a peacekeeping company, the 103th guards independent mobile brigade of special operations forces.
    The key objectives of the exercise is to train officers to prepare peacekeeping operations and control units of CSTO peacekeeping forces, improve fieldcraft of the personnel of peacekeeping forces during joint operations and strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between CSTO member states.
    The structure of the command bodies of CSTO peacekeeping forces will be reconsidered in order to improve it for accomplishing peacekeeping operations.
    The exercise will involve service people from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

27 September 2013
Participants of Zapad 2013 Returning to Permanent Dispositions

    The participants of the Zapad 2013 joint strategic exercise are starting to return to permanent dispositions.
    On 26 September, the aviation of the Russian armed forces, which took part in the exercise, conducted a flight from Belarus to Russia.
    On 27 September, the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force, which took part in the Vzaimodeistviye 2013 joint exercise, left for their countries by air.

26 September 2013
Belarus-Russia Joint Exercise

    On 26 September, the presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, participated in the final stage of the Zapad 2013 exercise.
    Combat actions were staged at the Gozhski range of the 6th Guards Independent Mechanised Brigade, Western Operational Command, Belarusian Armed Forces.
    The exercise allowed developing interaction between Belarusian and Russian motorised infantry and mobile units, the Belarusian Territorial Troops, Belarusian Internal Troops and the Emergencies Ministry when protecting the state border, conducting search operations, as well as containing and eliminating sabotage-reconnaissance and militant groups.
    The key tactical episodes included: air reconnaissance by an unmanned aircraft system, air strike on a column of militants, elimination of militant groups by delivering fire ambush operations, employment of airmobile reserves at the potential routes of militant groups, denying the area, etc.
    The Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia joint strategic manoeuvres were held on the territory of the two countries from 20 to 26 September under the supervision of the Belarusian Defence Minister and the Russian Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Minister of Defence.
    The joint exercise of Belarusian and Russian armed forces is held on a biennial basis according to the decision of the countries leaders following the Zapad 2009 exercise. In 2011, a similar exercise named Union Shield 2011 was held in Russia.
    Zapad 2013 is a defensive exercise, conduced in line with the policy of maintaining combat readiness and adhering to allied commitments with Russia.

23 September 2013
Second Stage of Zapad 2013 Begins

    The second stage of the Zapad 2013 joint strategic exercise has been launched today, on 23 September.
    At the Gozhsky firing range, from 23 to 24 September the participants will practice conducting special operations in the border area, maintaining the state of emergency, as well as searching, containing and eliminating sabotage-reconnaissance and militant groups.
    At the Brestsky range, a motorised infantry battalion of Russia's 20th Army in conjunction with border units is providing border protection.
    The military are conducting checkpoints, protecting critical facilities, denying penetration of imaginary sabotage-reconnaissance and militant groups and repulsing attacks in different areas.
    At the Brestsky range, an independent mobile battalion of the 38th Independent Mobile Brigade is conducting search and reconnaissance, as well as containing and eliminating sabotage-reconnaissance and militant groups in the assigned area of responsibility. Some forces are ensuring security and defence of the concentration area.
    The Belarusian and Russian service members are jointly conducting checkpoints, delivering ambush operations and patrolling the area. In addition, they are carrying out search operations, containing and eliminating sabotage-reconnaissance and militant groups in the area of responsibility.
    The Belarusian Territorial Troops are guarding a critical state facility (a gas distribution station) and conducting checkpoints.
    At the Obuz-Lesnovsky range, from 23 to 26 September the commanders and their staffs will practice conducting command and control over subordinate units, maintaining martial law in the area of responsibility and delivering counter-sabotage missions.
    The Belarusian Rocket Troops and Artillery are proceeding to the active stage of their tactical exercise.
    The troops will march to a new position area to make combat launches there.

Inspection of Specified Area

     On 23 - 26 September, a Finnish inspection group verified a specified area in Belarus under the 2011 Vienna Document. During the visit, the inspectors proved the beginning of the military activity in the area which had been preliminarily notified about in accordance with the Document: the Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia joint exercise.

Observation Flight

     From 23 to 27 September, a mission of Finland is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board a Romanian AN-30 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

22 September 2013
First Stage of Zapad 2013 Completing

    The first stage of the Zapad 2013 exercise is completing on 22 September. During this stage the troops were getting ready to conduct special operations.
    At the Gozhsky firing range, the service members are practicing containment and elimination of a penetrating group of militants.
    At the Brestsky range, subunits of Russia's 20th Army together with a team of frontier sentries are practicing ambush operations in the threatened area and border patrolling to prevent penetration of enemy sabotage-reconnaissance and militant groups.
    The military are to deny the imaginary armed groups an opportunity to pass the roadblocks, as well as repulse their attacks on bridges.
    An independent mobile battalion of the 38th Independent Mobile Brigade in conjunction with the 11th Independent Mechanised Brigade is carrying out search operations, chasing, containing and eliminating the imaginary enemy and small militant groups.
    The Belarusian Territorial Troops are guarding critical state facilities and conducting checkpoints.Some forces are providing security and defence of the concentration areas.
    At the Borisovsky range, the military are finishing with on-site security arrangements, engineering reinforcement of the deployment area and weapons' preparation for operational employment.

20 September 2013
Zapad 2013 Exercise Launched

    The Zapad 2013 joint strategic exercise of the Belarusian and Russian armed forces has been launched today.
    The exercise is conducted from 20 to 26 September 2013 under the supervision of the Belarusian Defence Minister and the Russian Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Minister of Defence.
    The topic of the exercise is Preparation and Employment of the Regional Joint Force to Ensure Military Security of the Belarus-Russia Union State.
    Zapad 2013 is in the first place a defensive exercise, conduced in line with the policy of maintaining combat readiness and adhering to allied commitments with Russia.
    The concept of the exercise was approved by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. It was worked out taking into account contemporary approaches to conducting military operations and the experience of recent armed conflicts, as well as utilising Belarusian and Russian tactics and techniques.
    During the manoeuvres, the troops will be able to enhance interoperability of staffs and C4ISR systems and test new regulations worked out by Belarusian and Russian militaries, while the commanders and their staffs will practice stabilising the situation and executing command and control.
    Zapad 2013 will involve about 12,900 personnel (slightly over 10,000 Belarusian service members, about 2,500 Russian ones and over 300 military from the CSTO member states), as well as 350 armoured vehicles (including about 70 tanks), over 50 artillery and multiple launch rocket systems and over 50 aircraft.
    The planned number of personnel, tanks, military vehicles, artillery systems and flights does not exceed the level that is subject to obligatory supervision as stipulated by relevant arms control treaties and agreements.
    The exercise's specific feature is that it involves not only Belarusian and Russian service members, but those from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, who are taking part in Vzaimodeistviye 2013, an exercise of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force held against a common background with Zapad 2013.
    The manoeuvres will take place at the firing ranges located in Belarus and Russia's Kaliningrad Region. The troops will practice various scenarios of joint actions of Belarusian and Russian military units.
    Six Belarusian firing ranges will be used, including Brestsky, Osipovichsky and Obuz-Lesnovsky.

Military Inspectors to Observe Zapad 2013

    On 26 September, the Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia strategic manoeuvres will be attended by two military inspectors from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine each. They were invited by the Belarusian side to strengthen confidence- and security-building measures between the neighbouring countries.

Inspection of Specified Area Completed

    On 17 - 20 September, an Austrian inspection group verified a specified area in Belarus under the 2011 Vienna Document. During the visit, the inspectors proved the beginning of the military activity in the area which had been preliminarily notified about in accordance with the Document: the Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia joint exercise. The inspection group included three inspectors from Austria and an inspector from Sweden.

Military Inspection Activities

    On 16 - 19 September, an inspection group from the Netherlands visited Belarus under the provisions of the CFE Treaty. During the visit, the inspection group verified the 116th aviation base, which is subject to control under the Treaty. The inspectors proved that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data. The inspection group included three inspectors from the Netherlands and one inspector from Belgium, Denmark, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal and the Czech Republic each.

10 September 2013
Confidence-Building Measures

    From 10 to 12 September, a Belarusian inspection group is to verify a specified area in Poland under the Agreement between Belarus and Poland on Additional to the 2011 Vienna Document Confidence- and Security-Building Measures. The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the agreement is conducted in the area.
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    On 12 September, a Lithuanian inspection group is to conduct an evaluation visit to the 61st Fighter Airbase under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Lithuania. The aim of the inspection is to evaluate the reliability of the information on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states under the 2011 Vienna Document.

6 September 2013
Working Meeting

    On 6 September 2013, the Belarusian Defence Ministry hosted a meeting between Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin and Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Nikolai Bordyuzha.
    During the meeting, the parties discussed further development of CSTO, as well as preparation for the Vzaimodeistviye 2013 joint exercise of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force.

2 September 2013
Course on Implementation of International Arms Control Treaties

    From 2 to 6 September 2013, the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Defence Ministry department, is holding a course on the implementation of international arms control treaties for 16 representatives of verification centres of 12 OSCE member states.
    A representative from the Ukrainian verification centre participates in the course as an arms control expert.

29 August 2013
Preparation for Joint Military Exercise Going on

    The preparation for the Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia strategic manoeuvres is continuing.
    Within the exercise's preparation plan, a group of Russian General Staff officers headed by Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Russia's chief of General Staff, first deputy defence minister, has arrived in Belarus.
    Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin met with his counterpart. During the meeting the parties discussed the preparation for the joint exercise.
    Belarusian service members together with their Russian counterparts will conduct inspection of the exercise's area, specify the troops' actions during the manoeuvres, as well as discuss the comprehensive support of the exercise's participants.

23 August 2013
Arms Control Issues

    From 26 to 30 August, two representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces will participate in an observation flight of the Belarus-Russia inspection group over Poland on board a Russian An-30B observation aircraft within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection's aim is to verify military activities in the observed states.
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    From 26 August to 6 September, the Belarusian National Agency for Control and Inspections will hold a course on implementation of international arms control treaties for representatives of verification centres of OSCE member states.
    The course will involve 16 representatives from verification centres of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and US. A representative from the Ukrainian verification centre has been invited to participate in the course as an arms control expert.

6 August 2013
Observation Flight

    From 12 to 16 August, a joint mission of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board a Swedish S-130N observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

13 August 2013
Military Cooperation

    The Belarusian Defence Ministry hosted the documentation ceremony of rendering gratuitous military assistance by the Chinese Defence Ministry to the Belarusian Defence Ministry within the framework of international cooperation.
    In May 2013, China supplied Belarus with seven Dongfeng Mengshi special light armored vehicles, individual and sets of spare parts for vehicles, as well as spare parts and consumables for medical equipment, which had been delivered earlier.
    The event was attended by Col. Oleg Voinov, state secretary, assistant Belarus' defence minister on military policy, Sen. Col. Ma Yunbao, military and air attach? in the Chinese embassy in Belarus. During the ceremony, the parties signed an act of gratuitous military assistance.

9 August 2013
Military Inspection Activities

    From 6 to 9 August, a Belarusian inspection group examined two military units in Poland, which are subjects to control under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. During the visit the inspection group verified the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data. Besides military inspectors from Belarus, the group also included an inspector from Kazakhstan and Ukraine each.

6 August 2013
Belarus to Verify Two Military Units in Poland

    From 6 to 9 August, a Belarusian inspection group is to examine two military units in Poland, which are subjects to control under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
    During the visit the inspection group will verify the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data.
    Besides military inspectors from Belarus, the group will also include an inspector from Kazakhstan and Ukraine each.

30 July 2013
Belarusian Military Athletes among the Best!

    From 21 July to 3 August, Osijek, Croatia is hosting the European shooting championship. Belarusian military athletes Senior Warrant Officer Vitaly Bubnovich and Warrant Officer Yuri Shcherbatsevich won the team bronze medal in the 50 m rifle 3 positions discipline with the final score of 3,501 rounds, being just behind France and Russia.
    In the individual final Senior Warrant Officer Vitaly Bubnovich won the bronze medal, and Warrant Officer Yuri Shcherbatsevich was the fifth.

29 July 2013
Observation Flight

    From 29 July to 2 August 2013, a joint mission of Greece, Germany and Italy is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board a Greek S-130N observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

26 July 2013
Sergei Martynov Wins Medal

    Today, Olympic champion Sergei Martynov has won a bronze medal at the European shooting championship in Osijek, Croatia.
    The Belarusian athlete scored 627.2 in 50m rifle prone event in the preliminary round and occupied the second position. In the final, he scored 187.4, which was the third result.

24 July 2013
Armenian Delegation Visits Belarus

    On 24 July, a delegation of the Armenian armed forces led by Chief of the Engineer Troops Col. Karen Abramyan is finishing its visit to Belarus.
    The first day of the visit saw a meeting between Col. Andrei Kurakov, chief of the Belarusian Engineer Troops, and his Armenian colleague. During the event the sides discussed engineering and technical support issues.
    The delegation saw how engineering equipment is stored, used and repaired at the 1371st Engineer Base and the 4970th Engineer Ammunition Base.
    At the end of the visit, the Armenian guests visited the 2nd Engineer Brigade and got acquainted with the training process and living conditions of Belarusian service members.

15 July 2013
Defence Minister Meets Winners of II Military Press International Contest of CIS Member States

    On 15 July 2013, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin met with military journalists that had become winners and awardees of the II Military Press International Contest of CIS member states. The contest found out best journalistic piece of work, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the CIS Defence Ministers' Council and armed forces of several CIS countries.
    The contest took place from August 2012 to February 2013.
    It showed that CIS countries place great importance to the military media activities, especially in covering and popularising multilateral military cooperation and enhancing combat capabilities of CIS member states' armed forces and the Commonwealth in the whole.
    There are three Belarusian journalists among winners and awardees of the contest:
    Captain Alexander Kholod, deputy chief of the 3rd correspondent department, Vayar military information agency;
    Larisa Shevchuk (Kucherova), correspondent of information analysis department, VoyenTV Television Company of Belarusian Defence Ministry;
    Alexander Makarov, chief of the 1st correspondent department, Vayar military information agency.

12 July 2013
Observation Flight

    From 15 to 19 July 2013, a joint mission of Romania and the US is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the Romanian N-30 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

8 July 2013
Military Inspection Activities

    From 9 to 12 July 2013, an Italian inspection group headed by Col. Giusepp Piombarolo will visit Belarus under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
    During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which is subject to control under CFE.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
    Besides seven Italian inspectors, the group will include one military inspector from Hungary and the USA each.

5 July 2013
Arms Control Issues

    From 8 to 10 July 2013, Kiev will host a working meeting between representatives of the Belarusian and Ukrainian Armed Forces, dedicated to the implementation of the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Ukraine.
    Chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections Col. Yuri Chernukha will lead the Belarusian delegation.
    From 8 to 12 July, a group of Polish inspectors will conduct an observation flight over Belarus-Russia group of states parties on board a Ukrainian An-30B observation aircraft within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection's aim is to verify military activities in the observed states.

28 June 2013
Press Service Informs

    On 28 June 2013, Belarus' Border Service registered the violation of the state's border by the small-size aerial vehicle, which came from the territory of Lithuania and passed 3 km to the north of Grodno.
    Having received the information, Air Force and Air Defence were immediately set ready.
    The results of identification allowed classifying the vehicle as a civilian one.
    A duty officer of the Air Force and Air Defence command post requested flight information on the aircraft in the border area from the Lithuania's Centre for Airspace Control and flight control officer of Minsk region. As the result, he got the information on the request to conduct a flight of the Eurocopter-120 helicopter on the Vilnius -Warsaw route, departure time - 10:00.
    Air Force and Air Defence did not use force against the violator due to the received information, severe weather conditions for civilian aircraft and desire to save the human life.
    The information was transmitted to Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs for taking a decision on the accident.

Within International Military Cooperation

    From 1 to 4 July 2013, a Luxembourg inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Alein Arendt is to visit Belarus under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
    During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which is subject to control under CFE.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
    The inspection group will include two military inspectors from Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and one inspector from Denmark, Canada, and France each.

24 June 2013
Within International Military Cooperation

    From 25 to 28 June 2013, two representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces will visit the air base, military unit and demonstration of new major weapon systems of US troops deployed in Germany. The event is organised for the representatives of the OSCE member states under the 2011 Vienna Document.

21 June 2013
Appointments

    Pavel Muraveiko has been appointed Deputy Head of the General Staff, Head of the Main Operations Directorate, Belarusian Armed Forces. A relevant decree was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko on 20 June.

13 June 2013
Vietnam Delegation Visiting Belarus

    From 12 to 14 June 2013, a Vietnamese delegation, headed by Maj. Gen. Nguyen Trong Nghia, deputy chief of the Main Political Directorate, Vietnam People's Army, is paying a visit to Belarus under the 2013 international military cooperation plan.
    One of the key aims of the visit is to scrutinise the work of Belarusian museums, their organisation, scientific studies and employment of contemporary scientific technologies.
    The participants of the visit will attend the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Museum of Contemporary Belarusian Statehood, National Library and Stalin Line historic complex.

27 May 2013
Military Inspection Activities

    From 27 to 31 May, a joint Swedish and Danish mission will conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board a Swedish SAAB 340B observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty.
    The flight is aimed at obtaining information on military activities in the observed states. From 27 to 30 May, a Belarusian inspection group will verify a specified area in Finland under the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.

Preparation for Joint Military Exercise Going on

    The preparation for the Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia strategic manoeuvres is continuing.
    Within the exercise's preparation plan, a group of Russian General Staff officers have arrived on a working visit to Belarus today.
    Belarusian service members together with their Russian counterparts will conduct reconnaissance of the exercise's area.
    Following its results, the parties will specify the troops' actions at the manoeuvres.

24 May 2013
Verification Activities

    From 20 to 23 May 2013, a Ukrainian inspection group verified a specified area in Belarus and conducted an evaluation visit to the 38th independent mobile brigade within the framework of the intergovernmental agreement on additional confidence and security-building measures.
    The inspectors proved that no large-scale military activity subject to preliminary notification under the agreement is conducted in the specified area. They also evaluated and proved the reliability of the information on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states under the 2011 Vienna Document.

20 May 2013
Arms Control Issues

    From 21 to 24 May 2013, Belarusian inspection groups will verify specified areas in Latvia and Lithuania under the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the inspections is to prove that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified areas.
    Besides military inspectors from Belarus, the groups will also include inspectors from Russia.
    At the same time, Belarusian officers will verify specified areas in the abovementioned states, acting within Russian inspection groups under the 2011 Vienna Document.

17 May 2013
Visit of High-Ranking Officials

    A Chinese delegation headed by Col. Gen. Xu Qiliang, member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, is visiting Belarus.
    The official meeting ceremony and talks between the Belarusian Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin and Col. Gen. Xu Qiliang were held on the first day of the visit. During the talks, the delegations discussed further development of bilateral military cooperation.
    Today, the Chinese delegation is planning to get acquainted with the educational process, structure and objectives of the Belarusian Military Academy. On 18 May, the delegation will visit the 61st Fighter Airbase, Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence.
    At the end of the visit, the Chinese delegation will visit the Brest Hero-Fortress and lay a wreath at the eternal flame, a memorial to the defenders of the Brest Fortress.

15 May 2013
Chinese Delegation to Visit Belarus

    From 16 to 19 May 2013, a Chinese delegation will pay an official visit to Belarus. It will be headed by Col. Gen. Xu Qiliang, member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission.
    The official meeting ceremony will be held on the first day of the visit. On 16 May the Belarusian Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin will have talks with Col. Gen. Xu Qiliang. The parties are going to discuss further development of bilateral military cooperation.

24 April 2013
Joint Collegium of Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries

    On 23 April, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, Russian Minister of Defence, paid a working visit Belarus.
    The visit included the official meeting, face-to-face talks between Belarusian Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu and a regular session of the Joint Collegium of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries.
    The session became a new step in establishing new and upgrading the existing systems of military security.
    During the event the parties harmonised their positions on a number of issues concerning the Regional Joint Force (RJF), military scientific cooperation, survey support of the armed forces and joint activities in NBC protection.
    Agreed decisions were made on all issues on the collegium's agenda.
    The participants of the session considered the implementation of the second stage in the establishment and development of the joint electronic warfare (EW) system, under which the programme of military units' combat training and the system of EW training of command and control bodies and troops within RJF will be adopted this year.
    The sides also summed up the 2012 results of implementing the 2011-2015 programme of interdepartmental military scientific cooperation and determined the lines of its further execution.
    While considering this issue, the participants emphasised the importance of the initiated drafting of a programme for fundamental and investigative studies to ensure military security of the Belarus-Russia Union State. It will unite the scientific potential of the national academies of sciences and military scientific institutions to enhance the capabilities of the two militaries, including the development of advanced weaponry and equipment for RJF.
    During the session, the sides also agreed on a draft treaty on exchanging geospatial information between Belarusian and Russian armed forces and decided to approve it at the interstate level.
    The agreement will allow:
    providing timely and high-quality survey and navigation support of RJF's operational and combat training;
    uniting efforts of survey and navigation support units on developing and exchanging geospatial information.
    The collegium also estimated joint activities in NBC protection.
    Timely detection of changed NBC environment and prompt informing of state administration and military command and control bodies about changes, and threat or contamination warning are the core factors for preventing or reducing negative impact on troops and civil population.
    The sides decided to develop an agreement on interaction of Belarusian and Russian defence ministries in control and assessment of NBC environment. Implementation of the agreement will allow:
    integrating national systems for detecting and assessing the situation into the regional system and securing unified approaches to information assessment and technical aspects;
    developing a data base of hazardous objects within the Union State.
    The session of the Joint Collegium was held in a mutual understanding atmosphere. The two defence ministers expressed their confidence that implementation of the decisions taken would boost military and military-technical cooperation between Belarus and Russia to a new level.
    Key elements of Belarus-Russia cooperation are development of military security of the Union State, shaping of the joint defence space and maintenance of peace and stability in Eastern Europe.
    Belarus-Russia collective defence is a reliable and strong shield of bilateral relations and an important element of the CSTO collective security in the western direction.
    Significant results have been achieved during the years of bilateral cooperation.
    They are development and improvement of RJF, development of joint defence systems of communications, electronic warfare, logistics and technical support, improvement of material resources of military infrastructure objects, etc. Different joint operational and combat exercises aim to test RJF's readiness.
    Development of a Belarusian-Russian integrated regional air defence is a key element of strengthening the Union's defence potential. The two countries are also energetically developing military-technical cooperation and collaboration in the field of military education.

19 April 2013
Minsk to Host Collegium of Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries

    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit Belarus on 23 April to participate in a regular session of the Joint Collegium of the Belarusian and Russian defence ministries.
    During the visit, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin will hold a face-to-face meeting with his Russian colleague.
    The two defence ministers will take part in the collegium's scheduled session to discuss further development of bilateral military cooperation.

16 April 2013
Session of Air Defence Coordinating Committee of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council in Brest

    On 16 April 2013, Brest hosted a regular session of the Air Defence Coordinating Committee of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council.
    Delegations of defence ministries of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan attended the event.
    During the session, participants discussed 15 issues concerning improvement and development of the jointed air defence system and enhancement of bilateral and multilateral military cooperation in air defence among CIS member states.
    Participants of the event summed up results of the Committee and its bodies' activities in 2012, discussed the Chistoye Nebo 2012 jointed command-staff training exercise and agreed on operational and combat training events for the CIS joint air defence system in 2014. They also considered results of financial and economic activities in 2012, as well as R&D activities aimed at development of a single automation system.
    Particular attention was paid to long-term planning of development and improvement of bilateral and multilateral military and military-technical cooperation
    The Committee's session was held in a positive and businesslike atmosphere.
    During the day, heads of delegations had bilateral meetings and discussed issues of mutual interests.

15 April 2013
Arms Control Issues

    From 16 to 18 April, a Polish inspection group headed by Col. Maciej Woloszyk will visit Belarus under the CFE Treaty.
    During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at its option), which is subject to control under the CFE.
    The inspection aims to verify the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data.
    Besides four military inspectors from Poland, the group will also include an inspector from Hungary, France, Germany, Slovakia and the USA each.
    From 16 to 19 April, a Belarusian inspection group will verify a specified area in Sweden under the 2011 Vienna Document.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.
    Besides four military inspectors from Belarus, the group will also include an inspector from France.

9 April 2013
Chiefs of Staff Committee Session

    On 10 April, Moscow will host a regular session of the Committee of the Chiefs of the General Staffs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member states.
    Pyotr Tikhonovsky, Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Defence Minister of Belarus, will represent Belarus at the event.
    The participants are going to discuss a number of issues dedicated to the Committee's activities: development of a single communications system between the armed forces of CIS member states, a list of joint activities in 2014, cooperation in topogeodetic and navigation support, as well as well as development of a common interarchival reference book.
    The same day, the CSTO Military Committee will conduct a meeting. The participants will discuss the issues dedicated to the next session of the CSTO Defence Ministers' Council, as well as preparation for the Vzaimodeistviye 2013 joint exercise of the CSTO Rapid Reaction Forces and the Nerushimoye Bratstvo 2013 joint exercise of the CSTO peacekeeping forces.

8 April 2013
Arms Control Issues

    On 9 April 2013, a delegation of the Lithuanian Defence Ministry led by Lt. Col. Raimondas Ivanauskas, head of the Arms Control Department of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, will arrive at Minsk.
    Within three days, the delegation will have working meetings on implementation of additional confidence- and security-building measures to sum up results of verification activities in 2012 and discuss other issues of further bilateral arms control cooperation.
    During the visit representatives of the Lithuanian delegation will also have a meeting with Col. Yuri Chernukha, chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Defence Ministry department.

Belarusian Inspection Group to Visit Ukraine

    From 9 to 11 April 2013, a Belarusian inspection group will conduct inspection of a specified area in Ukraine under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Ukraine.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the Agreement is conducted in the specified area.

4 April 2013
Belarusian Chief of General Staff Visiting Ukraine

    On 4 April 2013, Maj. Gen. Pyotr Tikhonovsky, Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Defence Minister of Belarus began an official two-day visit to Ukraine.
    An official meeting ceremony will be held on the first day of the visit. Then Maj. Gen. Pyotr Tikhonovsky will meet with his Ukrainian colleague, Col. Gen. Volodymyr Zamana, Chief of the General Staff, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Pyotr Tikhonovsky will also visit the Hetman Petro Sahaidachny Army Academy, 80th independent airmobile regiment and International Peacekeeping and Security Centre.
    On 5 April, at the end of the visit, Pyotr Tikhonovsky will familiarise himself with the training process and facilities of the Ukrainian National Defence University and lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

First Staff Talks Completed

    2 and 3 April 2013 saw the first staff talks dedicated to the preparation for the Vzaimodeistviye 2013 joint exercise of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). The event was conducted under the 2013 CSTO plan of joint operational and combat training activities.
    The talks involved military officials from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, as well as the Secretariat and Joint Staff of CSTO.
    During the talks, the participants familiarised themselves with the exercise's preparation plan, considered the concept of the manoeuvres and conducted reconnaissance of the area.

2 April 2013
New Appointments

    According to the President's press service, Colonel Igor Alexeichik has been appointed Deputy Commander of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence, Chief of Aviation.
    Major General Igor Golub who was earlier relieved of the post is appointed Deputy Commander of the Air Force and Air Defence.
    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed relevant decrees on 2 April 2013.

NATO Delegation Visit

    On 2-5 April 2013, NATO delegation will visit Minsk under the individual programme of Belarus-NATO partnership and cooperation for 2012-2013. The delegation will include representatives of the NATO International Secretariat and Allied Command Transformation.
    During the visit the parties are going to discuss a draft package of the Planning and Review Process (PARP) of the Partnership for Peace program, as well current results and plans to implement the 2012 Partnership Goals.
    The PARP draft package was developed by the NATO International Secretariat using data submitted by Belarus to reply the PARP Review including issues of defence planning and military spending.
    During the visit, the NATO delegation is going to survey forces and facilities declared by Belarus within PARP: an NBC platoon of the 8th NBC Brigade.
    During the visit the parties will negotiate on the PARP draft, and the Belarusian side will be consulted on implementation of PARP partnership goals and provided with relevant NATO documents.

26 March 2013
Joint Consultative Group on Arms Control

    From 27 to 29 March, Minsk will host a meeting of the Joint Consultative Group on Arms Control within the framework of bilateral cooperation between Belarusian and Russian defence ministries. Russia's delegation will be headed by Col. Ruslan Shishin, deputy chief of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Centre. During the meeting, the parties will harmonise their positions and joint steps on implementing international arms control treaties in 2013.

25 March 2013
Joint Staff Exercise

    A joint staff exercise of Belarusian and Russian military command and control bodies will be held in Minsk from 26 to 29 March.
    During the drills the participants will conduct joint planning of troops' employment in accordance with the new techniques that have been worked out by the two defence ministries after analysing present-day armed conflicts.

22 March 2013
Anastasia Guchok Wins Gold at 2013 European Wrestling Championships

    Belarusian military athlete Sgt. Anastasia Guchok won a gold medal in the weight category up to 59 kg at the 2013 European Wrestling Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.
    In the final, she defeated Russian athlete Zhargalma Tsyrenova (1:0, 1:0).
    On the way to the title Anastasia Guchok has won three matches.
    The European Wrestling Championships will end on 24 March. Representatives from 37 states will take part in the competition.

French Inspection Group Visits Belarus

    A French inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Eduard Twet has visited Belarus under the CFE Treaty and the 2011 Vienna Document. Inspectors verified the 181st Combat Helicopter Airbase, which is subject to control under CFE, as well as conducted an evaluation visit to the 103rd independent mobile brigade under the 2011 Vienna Document.
    The inspection aimed to verify the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data. During the visit the inspectors evaluated the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit. Besides nine military inspectors from France, the group also included an inspector from Belgium.

Belarusian Inspection Group Visits France

    A Belarusian inspection group has verified a military unit of the French armed forces (at its option), which is subject to control under CFE, as well as conducted an evaluation visit to a French military unit under the 2011 Vienna Document. The inspectors verified the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data on the verified unit.
    During the visit the inspectors evaluated the reliability of the information, presented by France to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit within the 2011 Vienna Document.

Belarusian Inspection Group to Visit Italy

    From 25 to 28 March 2013, a Belarusian inspection group will conduct an evaluation visit to a specified area in Italy under the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures. The aim of the inspection is to prove that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.

18 March 2013
French Inspection Group to Visit Belarus

    From 18 to 22 March, a French inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Eduard Twet will visit Belarus under the CFE Treaty and the 2011 Vienna Document. During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at its option), which is subject to control under CFE, as well as conduct an evaluation visit to the 103rd independent mobile brigade.
    The inspection aims to verify the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel limited by the treaty and the declared data. During the visit the inspection group will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit. Besides nine military inspectors from France, the group will also include an inspector from Belgium.

Belarusian Inspection Group to Visit France

    From 18 to 22 March, a Belarusian inspection group will examine a military unit of the French armed forces (at its option), which is subject to control under CFE, as well as conduct an evaluation visit to a French military unit under the 2011 Vienna Document.
    During the visit the inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by France to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit within the 2011 Vienna Document.

4 March 2013
Vienna Document Annual Implementation Assessment Meeting

    From 5 to 6 March 2013, the Vienna Document Annual Implementation Assessment Meeting will be held in Vienna, Austria. The participants will discuss the document's implementation in 2012, as well as proposals on raising the efficiency of confidence- and security-building measures in the OSCE region.
    Chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections Col. Yuri Chernukha will represent the Defence Ministry in the Belarusian delegation.

26 February 2013
Implementation of International Humanitarian Law

    From 25 February to 1 March 2013, Belarus is hosting a visit of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, headed by Martin McDermott, regional delegate for cooperation with armed forces.
    The aim of the visit is to provide training on international rules of preparation and conduct of combat operations to the Belarusian military that participate in the exercises of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF) and are assigned to CSTO CRRF.
    Today, the members of the ICRC delegation have held the first working meeting with Belarusian Defence Ministry officials, where they discussed the implementation of the 2013 international military cooperation action plan.
    The ICRC representatives will hold a series of theoretical lessons on the application of international humanitarian law, cooperation between ICRC and CSTO, as well as legal and humanitarian aspects of medical support during the preparation and conduct of combat operations.
    Within the framework of the visit, the ICRC delegates will visit the 103rd Independent Mobile Brigade and discuss with its command the education of the CRRF personnel in the field of international humanitarian law and give a number of lessons.

Military-Scientific Cooperation between Belarus and Vietnam

    From 26 February to 1 March 2013, a delegation of the General Staff Military-Scientific Directorate and the Armed Forces Research Institute will pay a working visit to Vietnam. The delegation will be headed by Oleg Krivonos, deputy chief of the General Staff for scientific work, chief of the Military-Scientific Directorate.
    During the visit, the Belarusian delegation will meet with representatives of Vietnam's Ministry of National Defence, including departments of science, technologies and environment, combat operations, electronic warfare and military political education, as well as senior officials from the Vietnamese armed services and branches and military schools.
    During the working sessions, the parties will discuss the issues of armed forces development, military art and science, elaboration of conceptual, policy and organisational documents and development of advanced weapon systems using the latest electronics and software solutions.

25 February 2013
Inspection Activities

    From 24 to 27 February, a Kazakh inspection group headed by Col. Anarbek Akhmetalin is verifying a specified area in Belarus under the 2011 Vienna Document.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.
    Besides two military inspectors from Kazakhstan, the group also includes two inspectors from Russia.

22 February 2013
Inspections

    From 18 to 21 February, Belarusian inspection groups verified specified areas in Germany and Poland under the 2011 Vienna Document.
    The inspectors proved that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in specified areas.
    Russian experts participated in the inspections, too. As parts of Russian inspection groups, Belarusian officers verified specified areas in the states mentioned above, acting within the framework of the 2011 Vienna Document.

21 February 2013
President Approves Zapad 2013 Concept

    The Zapad 2013 Belarus-Russia strategic military exercise to be held in our country is not a threat to other nations. This was stressed by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 21 February when he was reported on the concept of the forthcoming manoeuvres.
    "In response to the West's recent statements and speculations about the exercise being a 'threat from the East', I would like to emphasise that we are not going to threaten anyone. We don't consider any country our enemy. We have a defence doctrine and the law clearly states it," said the President.
    According to the head of state, Belarus welcomes any contribution to peace building. "We do not accept the policy of threats and dual standards. It is the power and clarity of our foreign policy. We act openly and consistently, focusing on collective defence," he said.
    Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that the enhancement of the common military security system the Belarus-Russia Union State is a priority objective and this is no secret. "For this reason we develop the Regional Joint Force of Belarus and Russia, the core of which constitutes the Belarusian army. Its potential must be maintained at a level necessary to repel any aggression whatever the source may be," believes the President.
    "This is particularly urgent in our troubled time. We can witness escalation of armed violence and mass bloodshed on the international arena. For this reason we have to be ready. Let me remind you a simple truth: an army has to learn to fight; it is the duty of the army to be always ready to defend the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of its country. In this case we imply the defence capability of a kind of Belarusian-Russian joint army, the Regional Joint Force, in the western direction, which is our area of responsibility."
    Alexander Lukashenko reminded that in 2009 it was decided together with Russia's President to hold regular joint military exercises in Belarus and Russia on a turn basis. This year the exercise will take place in Belarus.
    The President said that the Belarusian Armed Forces have done a lot to develop various combat systems, the Special Operations Forces and Territorial Defence in recent years. "We never made secret that we - just like the Russians - are adapting our army to the challenges and threats that exist or can exist today. We are enhancing the level of military-technical cooperation with both our strategic ally Russia and other CSTO states," said Alexander Lukashenko.
    The President added that the achievements in the defence sphere will be tested during the forthcoming exercise. He also gave instructions to thoroughly calculate and plan everything before getting down to practice.
    Following the report, the President approved the concept of the Zapad 2013 strategic exercise and gave instructions to make necessary additions. The exercise is scheduled for autumn 2013.
    Alexander Lukashenko emphasised the necessity to consider the practical aspect more thoroughly and involve the Belarusian Territorial Defence as much as possible. More focus should also be given to the interaction between the authorities and the national security system.
    The exercise will involve not only the Regional Joint Force, but also the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force.

11 February 2013
Promotion Issues

    Colonels Oleg Dvigalev and Igor Lotenkov have been promoted to the ranks of Major Generals.
    A relevant decree was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko on 8 February.

1 February 2013
According to CFE Treaty

    From 4 to 7 February, a US inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Shaun Walters is to visit Belarus under the provisions of the CFE Treaty.
    During the visit the inspection group will verify a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which is subject to control under CFE.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
    The inspection group includes eight military inspectors from the USA and one inspector from Poland.

30 January 2013
Representatives of CSTO Member States Discuss Preparation for Joint Exercise

    On 30 January 2013, Minsk hosted preliminary staff talks dedicated to the preparation of the Vzaimodeistviye 2013 joint exercise with the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force, which will be held in Belarus in autumn.
    The talks were held under the leadership of Major General Igor Lavrinenko, deputy chief of the General Staff, Belarusian Armed Forces. The event was attended by representatives of the CSTO Joint Staff headed by Lt. Gen. Alexander Studenikin, chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, armed forces of the CSTO member states of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
    During the meeting, the participants discussed basic approaches to the preparation and conduction of the exercise, the possibilities of the CSTO member states in training military contingents, as well as the all-round support of the exercise.
    The exercise will be held under the Plan of joint activities in operational and combat training of command and control units of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in 2013. The CSTO member states are planning to work out the issues of engagement of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force in the Eastern European region of collective security.
    It has become a usual practice to conduct such joint exercises each year (in 2010 the joint exercise was held in Russia, in 2011 - in Tajikistan, in 2012 - in Armenia).

15 January 2013
Session of Euro-Atlantic Partnership Military Committee

    On 16 January 2013, the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium will host a meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Military Committee at the level of the heads of the General Staffs of the Armed Forces of the NATO member states and partner countries
    Belarus will be represented by Maj.-Gen. Pyotr Tikhonovsky, chief of the General Staff, first deputy defence minister of Belarus.
    The event's participants will discuss military cooperation within the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and involvement of partner countries in the NATO's activities for strengthening international and regional security.

International Arms Control Activities

    On 17-18 January 2013, the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry, will host a training session with the officers of the Air Force and Air Defence, operational (operational-tactical) commands, military units and organisations of the Defence Ministry, responsible for implementing international arms control treaties.
    The main goals of the session are to sum up the activities aimed at supporting the work of foreign inspectors in Belarus in 2012 and to set tasks for 2013.

5 January 2013
Arms Control Issues

    Belarusian inspection groups will verify military units of the German armed forces (from 8 to 11 January) and the Polish armed forces (from 9 to 11 January). The activities will be conducted under the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the visits is to evaluate the information, presented by Poland and Germany to the OSCE states parties regarding the units' personnel and materiel within the framework of the 2011 Vienna Document.

27 December 2012
Belarus Receiving Second Battery of Tor-M2 SAM

    First components of the second Tor-M2 battery have arrived in Belarus.
    The delivery is conducted within the 2006-2015 state armament programme.
    In late 2011, the first battery of the Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system entered service with the 120th Air Defence Brigade, Western Operational-Tactical Command, Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence. In 2012, a subunit of the brigade participated in the field firing exercise at Russia's Ashuluk range, where its performance was highly estimated.
    The new SAMs will significantly improve air defence capabilities of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence.
    The Tor-M2 SAM provides an effective air defence of military and civil objects. The system can be operated under any weather and light conditions.
    The system can effectively counter rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, guided missiles and other precision weapons flying at medium, low and extremely low altitudes in severe air and jamming environments.
    A Tor-M2 battery consists of four combat vehicles and can simultaneously engage 16 targets flying from any direction at a speed of 700 m/s, 12-km distance and 10-km. The system's high performance is also achieved by implementing a completely new interaction algorithm between coupled vehicles, which automatically exchange data and allocate targets. Tor-M2s are fully automated, i.e. human involvement is minimised.
    About 30 advanced weapon systems enter the inventory of the Belarusian Armed Forces annually. This year, 35 examples of new military and special equipment have been phased in. Three more systems have passed trial operation and are about to enter service, too. Over 200 weapons have been bought within the 2012 state defence order.

19 December 2012
Cooperation within the Framework of CSTO

    To date, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin will participate in the joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers' Council, Defence Ministers' Council and CSTO Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils, which will be held in Moscow.
    During the meeting, the parties will discuss the agenda of the next session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, draft documents on the development and strengthening of the military component to 2020, improvement of collective response to emergencies, as well as membership of Uzbekistan in the CSTO.
    The participants will consider the plan of combat training of the CSTO military authorities for the next year. The parties will also discuss the Organization's priority areas of activity under the chairmanship of Kyrgyzstan.
    The Defence Ministers' Council will consider the development of the CSTO Military Committee consisting of the Chiefs of the General Staffs of the armed forces of the CSTO member states, as well as appointment of permanent chief of the CSTO Joint Staff and other issues dedicated to the improvement of military cooperation.

18 December 2012
Belarus Armed Forces Order Yak-130 Aircraft

    The Belarusian Defence Ministry and the Irkut Corporation have signed a contract on the delivery of four Yak-130 combat trainers in 2015. The agreement was inked in Minsk on 18 December 2012 in the presence of Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin and Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Belarus Alexander Surikov. The deal was made in line with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus on the Development of Military-Technical Cooperation dated 10 December 2009.
    The Yak-130 combat trainer is a two-seat jet, developed by the Yakovlev design bureau for basic and advanced military flight training. The aircraft features top-notch manoeuvrability and advanced ECM capability typical of modern warplanes, as well as high reliability and long service life.
    The Yak-130 is the only trainer in the world, which airframe design and subsonic flight performance are similar to that of contemporary fighter jets. The aircraft can carry a combat payload of 3,000 kg, consisting of guided and unguided weapons, guns, etc.
    The Irkut Corporation is carrying out deliveries of 65 Yak-130s to the Russian Air Force.
    Belarus is the first member of the Commonwealth of Independent States that has purchased from Russia Yak-130 aircraft.

13 December 2012
ICRC Delegation Visits Belarus

    On 11 - 12 December, a representative the International Red Cross Committee's delegation in Russia visited Belarus.
    The ICRC delegation and the Belarusian Defence Ministry discussed cooperation issues, including the prospects for collaboration in the field of international humanitarian law.
    Within the framework of the visit, the ICRC representative met with Belarusian military officials and signed the 2013 action plan for cooperation between the Defence Ministry and the ICRC delegation.

12 December 2012
Belarus Defence Minister Participates in CIS Defence Ministers' Council

    On 11 December 2012, the session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Defence Ministers' Council was held in Moscow, Russia.
    Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin participated in the meeting.
    The agenda of the meeting included over 20 questions related to various areas of military cooperation within CIS. Having analysed the activities of the Council's working bodies in 2012, the parties adopted the 2013 Work Plan.
    The participants discussed the activities of the CIS joint air defence system in 2013, improvement of metrological support in the CIS militaries, interaction between the members' international military cooperation bodies, joint activities of engineer troops, improvement and repair of engineer equipment, as well as development of a common interarchival reference book.
    Besides participating in the session, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin held bilateral meetings with defence ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.

10 December 2012
Annual Meeting of Chiefs of Verification Centres

    On 13 December 2012, Vienna (Austria) is to host an annual meeting of the Chiefs of the OSCE states parties' verification centres. The Belarusian side will be represented by Yuri Chernukha, chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry.
    During the meeting, the participants will discuss the implementation of international arms control treaties and strengthening of confidence and security-building measures in the OSCE region.

6 December 2012
Bilateral Cooperation

    On 4-6 December, Belarusian Defence Minister is paying an official visit to China.
    On 6 December, Beijing hosted a meeting and talks between Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin and Chinese Defence Minister Col. Gen. Liang Guanglie. Military leaders discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation and its further development.
    During the visit, Belarusian Defence Minister visited a number of military objects of the National Liberation Army, where he got acquainted with the personnel training system.

5 December 2012
Appointments

    Sergei Trus has been appointed chief of the main staff, first deputy commander of the Air Force and Air Defence, Belarusian Armed Forces. A relevant decree was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko on 4 December.

30 November 2012
Arms Control Issues

    On 26 - 29 November, a Canadian inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Gary Hardwik visited Belarus under the provisions of the CFE Treaty.
    During the visit the inspection group examined he 61st fighter airbase, which is subject to control under CFE.
    The inspection proved that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
    Besides five military inspectors from Canada, the group also included an inspector from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States each.
    On 28 - 30 November, Moscow hosted a meeting of the Joint Consultative Group of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries on Arms Control within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
    During the meeting the parties discussed joint actions in fulfilling their obligations on international arms control treaties.
    The Belarusian delegation was headed by Yuri Chernukha, chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry department.

19 November 2012
Ferocious Falcon 2012 Multinational Exercise Ends

    On 19 November, the Ferocious Falcon 2012 multinational exercise ended with a final seminar. In the course of it military leaders of participating countries summed up the results of the exercise.
    The Belarusian side was represented by Maj.-Gen. Pyotr Tikhonovsky, chief of the General Staff, first deputy defence minister of Belarus.

16 November 2012
For the Record

    On 16 November, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made several military appointments.
    In particular, the head of state signed a decree, suspending the military service of Maj. Gen. Alexander Mezhuyev due to his election as member of the House of Representatives, Belarus National Assembly for the duration of his term and dismissing him from the office of Chief, Central Military Inspection, Belarusian Armed Forces.
    Maj. Gen. Ivan Chaus has been appointed Chief, Central Military Inspection, Belarusian Armed Forces.
    Maj. Gen. Andrei Ravkov has been appointed Commander, North-Western Operational Command, Belarusian Army.
    Maj. Gen. Alexander Volfovich has been appointed Chief of Staff, First Deputy Commander, North-Western Operational Command.
    Col. Vadim Denisenko has been appointed Deputy Commander, Western Operational Command, Belarusian Army.

13 November 2012
Arms Control Issues

    On 12-15 November, a Latvian inspection group headed by Maj. Gints Homanis will verify a specified area in Belarus within the 2011 Vienna Document.
    The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the area.
    Besides two military inspectors from Latvia, the group will also include an inspector from Italy and Poland each.

Arms Control Issues

    On 13-16 November, a Belarusian inspection group will verify a specified area in Poland under the Agreement between Belarus and Poland on Additional to the 2011 Vienna Document Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the area.
    Inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Poland to the OSCE member states on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.

12 November 2012
Bronze Medals of World Championship

    On 9-11 November, Minsk hosted the World Sambo Championship.
    The number of medals won by Belarusian athletes totaled 17, including 2 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals.
    Military athletes Maria Kuznetsova (in the category of up to72 kg) and warrant officer Yulia Borisik (in the category of +80 kg) won bronze medals in sports sambo.

Ferocious Falcon 2012 Multinational Exercise Going On

    The Ferocious Falcon 2012 multinational exercise, which is attended by 28 countries, is going on in Qatar. To date, the Belarusian officers took part in the staff phase, during which they were planning the activities of multinational forces aimed at eliminating the consequences caused by the employment of mass destruction weapons and terrorist attacks.
    Being a part of the multinational staff's working groups, the Belarusian officers managed to establish and maintain a high-level interaction with other participants of the exercise throughout the phase. This enabled efficient task solving and in some cases ensured their successful accomplishment.
    The work of the Belarusian representatives during the command and staff phase was highly estimated by the Command of the exercise.
    Simultaneously the national contingent is preparing for combat-training missions.
    On 10 November, members of the 927th unmanned aircraft systems centre demonstrated the feasibility of Irkut-3 and Irkut-10 UAVs, which carried out air reconnaissance. The flights were conducted at the training field of the Qatar Armed Forces under high temperatures and were complicated by almost complete lack of landmarks. The Belarusian representatives fulfilled their task successfully. The data received from optical equipment was transmitted to the command post on-line. UAVs landed by parachute.
    The heads of the delegations participating in the Ferocious Falcon 2012 multinational exercise were observing the actions of the Belarusian team. Foreign officers noted the high qualification of UAVs' operators and engineering staff of the 927th centre.
    On 11 November, the special-purpose contingency medical team started intensive trainings. Within an hour, the Belarusian team deployed a field hospital on the territory of a Qatar military unit. During the active phase, the medical team will provide medical aid under mass arrival of the injured.
    In the nearest days the Belarusian units will conduct counter-terrorism actions, as well as nuclear and biological reconnaissance.

4 November 2012
Ferocious Falcon 2012 Multinational Exercise

    From 4 to 22 November 2012, the Ferocious Falcon 2012 multinational exercise is being held in Qatar. The manoeuvres will tackle the issues of international assistance in crisis and emergencies response, including response to disasters and emergencies caused by the employment of weapons of mass destruction and terrorist attacks.
    About 70 Belarusian service members will take part in the exercise. There will be representatives of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence, special operations forces, NBC protection forces and engineer troops, as well as a contingency medical team.
    The Belarusian contingent has departed for Qatar.
    The exercise is to be held in several stages.
    During the staff phase, Belarusian officers will work in the crisis management centre, coordinating international aid activities and the actions of Belarusian units within multinational forces.
    During the active phase, members of the special operations forces, 2nd engineer brigade and 927th unmanned aircraft systems centre will take part in counter-terrorism actions. The NBC unit will perform NBC reconnaissance and the contingency medical team will provide medical aid to the simulated victims of a terrorist attack.
    The Belarusian service members will deliver their missions in conjunction with military contingents of other countries.

29 October 2012
Lithuanian Inspection Group to Visit Military Units of the Belarusian Armed Forces

    On 30 October, a Lithuanian inspection group, headed by Lt. Col. Raimondas Ivanauskas, is to conduct an evaluation visit to 120th independent guards mechanized brigade under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Lithuania.
    Inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.

26 October 2012
Within International Military Cooperation

    On 25 October, Lida Garrison was visited by military attaches accredited to the Belarusian Ministry of Defence.
    Military diplomats learnt the history of the 116th aviation base and 202nd flight personnel training center. They visited a maintenance squadron, where they could see Su-25 and L-39 aircrafts. During the event the representatives of the military diplomatic corps were demonstrated the flight simulator performance capabilities, visited an aircraft aviation museum in the open air and got acquainted with the daily routine of military units.

Military Inspection Activities

    On 29 October-1 November, a Danish inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Thomas Bjornak will verify a specified area in Belarus within the 2011 Vienna Document. The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the area. The inspection group will include four military inspectors from Denmark and one from Albania, Belgium, Moldova and Montenegro each.

Observation Flight within the Open Skies Treaty

    On 29 October-2 November, a joint Swedish and US mission will conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board a Swedish SAAB 340 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty to control military activities on the territory of the observed states.

22 October 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 22-27 October, a Belarusian inspection group is to visit Poland under the provisions of the CFE Treaty. During the visit the inspection group will examine two military units of the Polish Armed Forces, which are subjects to control under CFE.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
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    On 22-26 October, a German mission will conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board a Swedish SAAB 340 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty to control military activities on the territory of the observed states.

12 October 2012
Ukranian Delegation Visits Belarus

    On 10-11 October, Belarus was visited by a Ukrainian delegation headed by Col. Sergei Vishnevsky, acting chief of Radio Technical Troops of the Air Force Command, Ukrainian Armed Forces.
    The representatives of the Ukrainian delegation held working meetings with the representatives of the Air Force and Air Defence Command of the Belarusian Armed Forces. The participants discussed the issues related to cooperation and air situation data exchange during EURO 2012 Championship, as well as forces management.
    The sides also discussed the possibility of joint training of the air alert forces involving aircraft and airfields of both countries.

11 October 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 12 October, a Belarusian inspection group is to conduct an evaluation visit to a military unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Lithuania.
    Inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Lithuania to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.

10 October 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 11 October, a Belarusian inspection group is to conduct an evaluation visit to a military unit of the Latvian Armed Forces under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Latvia.
    Inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Latvia to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.

8 October 2012
Joint Peacekeeping Exercise Starts

    On 8 October, Maj.-Gen. Pyotr Tikhonovsky, first deputy defence minister of Belarus, took part in the opening ceremony of the Indestructible Brotherhood 2012 joint peacekeeping exercise, which involves peacemaking troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states.
    Seven flags of the participating states - Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - were hoisted at the ceremony. The opening ceremony ended with Kazakh paratroopers demonstrating operational procedures of peacemaking forces in crisis situations.
    After the ceremony Maj.-Gen. Pyotr Tikhonovsky met with the Belarusian peacemaking squad.
    It is the CSTO's first joint peacekeeping exercise involving the collective peacemaking forces. The exercise will take place at three training grounds, and involve up to 1,000 service people, 70 automobiles, 24 armored vehicles, and 4 helicopters. The exercise scenario developed by the commanders, supposes training conditions maximally close to the real combat environment.
    On 8 October, the first phase of the training intended to establish a peacekeeping operation of CSTO collective peacekeeping forces started. During this phase the unified command and multinational peacekeeping units will be formed and a peacemaking operation will be established. The command and personnel will be trained to accomplish their tasks.
    The participants will be trained in five training areas to convoy humanitarian cargoes, settle down mass order violations, provide first medical aid, detect and dispose of self-made explosive devices and mines, protect a military base, conduct checkpoint service procedures, patrol, and a search operation in a populated area.
    A week later, during the second phase of the exercise, the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces will be deployed at areas of their responsibility and start accomplishing peacemaking tasks under a peacemaking operation.
    Representatives of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, International Organisation for Migration, CIS Executive Committee and the diplomatic corps accredited in Kazakhstan have been invited to observe the active phase of the exercise to take place on 17 October.

Under Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe

    On 9 - 12 October, a Czech inspection group headed by Lt.-Col. mas Fojt is to visit Belarus under the provisions of the CFE Treaty. During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces, which is subject to control under CFE.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data. The inspection group will include five military inspectors from the Czech Republic and four from Great Britain, Denmark, Canada and the U.S.A.

5 October 2012
Indestructible Brotherhood 2012

    On 8-17 October, the CSTO peacekeeping forces will participate in the Indestructible Brotherhood 2012 joint peace-keeping exercise at Kazakhstan's Iliysky, Shoshkala and Bereg firing ranges.
    Belarus will be represented by a peace-keeping platoon of a peace-keeping company, the 103th guards independent mobile brigade of special operations forces.
    The participants will train to separate opposing sides, control cease-fire terms, escort humanitarian aid and repulse attacks on convoys.
    Over 1000 service people from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan will participate in the event.

4 October 2012
Appointments

    Major-General Alexander Pashukevich has been relieved of the post of commander of the troops of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus and transferred from regular military service to the retired reserve with a right to wear military uniform and rank insignia.
    The head of state appointed Colonel Igor Demidenko commander of the troops of the North-Western Operational Command of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus.
    The President signed relevant decrees on 4 October.

Working Meeting on Arms Control Issues

    On 2-4 October, Minsk hosted a working meeting of representatives of the Belarusian and French armed forces, dedicated to cooperation issues in arms control.
    The Belarusian party was headed by Col. Yuri Chernukha, chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Defence Ministry department. Chief of France's Verification Centre Col. Mouloud Bradaia led the French delegation.
    During the meeting the participants discussed the conventional arms control in the OSCE region and considered proposals of the participating states to update the 2011 Vienna Document.
    The parties summed up the results of bilateral cooperation and verification in 2012. They also approved a cooperation plan for 2013, including implementation of mutual and simultaneous control measures under the CFE Treaty and Vienna Document.
    The parties also discussed training of verification personnel on courses to implement international treaties on arms control.
    Following the results of the event, the parties signed a final document expressing mutual understanding of further arms control cooperation.

28 September 2012
Inspection Group Finishes Its Work

    On 25 - 26 September, a German inspection group headed by Col. Jorn Lehmann visited Belarus in line with the CFE Treaty. During the visit the inspection group examined a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces, which is subject to control under CFE.
    The inspection proved that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data. The group included six military inspectors from Germany and three from the U.K.

25 September 2012
Session of Coordination Committee of CIS Commanders of Chemical, Biological and Radiation Protection Forces and Services

    On 25-27 September, Minsk is hosting the session of the Coordination Committee of the CIS Commanders of Chemical, Biological and Radiation Protection Forces and Services under the Work Plan of the CIS Defence Ministers Council.
    The core aims of the event are to work out joint approaches to establishment and development of the united system of monitoring and evaluation of radiation, chemical and biological situation in CIS countries and training of the system's specialists.
    During the meeting the participants will be informed about the system's performance, work out key lines of its development till 2015 and participate in a training session held in a unit of Chemical, Biological and Radiation Protection Forces, Belarusian Armed Forces.

24 September 2012
Under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe

    On 25 - 26 September, a German inspection group headed by Col. J?rn Lehmann is to visit Belarus under the provisions of the CFE Treaty. During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces, which is subject to control under CFE.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data. The inspection group will include six military inspectors from Germany and three from Great Britain.

Latvian Inspection Group to Visit 103th Guards Independent Mobile Brigade

    On 25 - 27 September, a Latvian inspection group headed by Maj. Gints Homanis is to conduct an evaluation visit to the 103th guards independent mobile brigade under the Agreement on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures between Belarus and Latvia.
    The inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.

21 September 2012
Italian Inspection Group Visits 116th Aviation Base

    On 19 - 21 September, an Italian inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Giuseppo Piombarolo conducted an evaluation visit to the 116th guards attack unit of Air Force and Air Defence within the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures.
    The inspectors proved the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit. The inspection group included two military inspectors from Italy and one from the USA.

19 September 2012
Within the Framework of Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures

    On 19 - 21 September, an Italian inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Giuseppo Piombarolo is to conduct an evaluation visit to the 116th guards attack unit of Air Force and Air Defence within the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures.
    The inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit. Besides two military inspectors from Italy, the group will also include one from the USA.

Working meeting

    On 18 - 20 September, Astana, Kazakhstan, is to host a working meeting between the representatives of the armed forces of Belarus and Kazakhstan on cooperation in arms control.

17 September 2012
Belarusian Military Inspected Units in Portugal

    On 10 - 14 September, a representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces visited Portugal within a Ukrainian inspection group, acting under the CFE Treaty.
    The group inspected two Portuguese military units, which are subject to control under CFE. The aim of the inspection was to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponded to the declared data.

Observation Flight

    From 10 to 14 September, a representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces took part in observation flights over Latvia and Estonia, that were conducted by a joint Belarusian-Russian mission. The flights were carried out on board the Russian An-30B observation aircraft to obtain information on military activities in the observed states.

10 September 2012
Appointments

    Colonel Oleg Dvigalev has been appointed commander of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence. A relevant decree was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko on 10 September.
    Previously, Oleg Dvigalev served as chief of the main staff, first deputy commander of the Air Force and Air Defence.

Belarusian Military to Inspect Units in Portugal

    From 10 to 14 September, a representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces will visit Portugal within a Ukrainian inspection group, acting under the CFE Treaty.
    The group will inspect two Portuguese military units, which are subject to control under CFE. The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.

In Accordance with Open Skies Treaty

    The following activities are planned under the Open Skies Treaty from 10 to 14 September:
    a German-Latvian mission will conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board a Swedish SAAB 340 observation aircraft, aiming to obtain information on military activities in the observed states;
    a representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces will take part in observation flights over Latvia and Estonia, to be conducted by a joint Belarusian-Russian mission. The flights will be carried out on board a Russian An-30B observation aircraft to obtain information on military activities in the observed states.

7 September 2012
Arms Control Course Completed

    From 27 August to 7 September 2012, the Belarusian National Agency for Control and Inspections held a course on the implementation of international arms control treaties for members of verification centres of the NATO and OSCE member states.
    The course was attended by 17 representatives from the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, the UK and the US. A representative of the Ukrainian verification centre participated in the course as an arms control expert.
Inspections

    On 27 September, a representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces verified a specified area in Sweden within a Swiss inspection group.
    The inspection proved that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.

31 August 2012
Belarusian Military Inspector to Visit Sweden

    On 2-7 September, a Swiss inspection group is to verify a specified area in Sweden in accordance with the 2011 Vienna Document. A representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces will participate in the inspection activities.
    The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the area.

27 August 2012
International Arms Control Course to be Held in Minsk

    Form 27 August to 7 September 2012, the Belarusian National Agency for Control and Inspections is holding a course, dedicated to the implementation of international arms control treaties. The event will be attended by members of verification centres of the NATO and OSCE member states.
    The course will involve 17 representatives from 12 countries: the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, the UK and the US.
    A representative from the Ukrainian verification centre has been invited as an arms control expert.

20 August 2012
Within the Framework of Arms Control

    On 20-23 August, a Polish inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Pyotr Shimanchik will examine a specified area in Belarus under the Agreement on Additional Confidence and Security-Building Measures to the 2011 Vienna Document between Belarus and Poland.
    The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.
    On 20-25 August, a mission of Canadian inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the S-130 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.
    On 21-24 August, a Swiss inspection group headed by Col. Bit Spikher is to examine a specified area in Belarus under the 2011Vienna Document.
    The inspection is aimed at confirming that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.
    The inspection group includes four military inspectors from Switzerland and one from Canada.

14 August 2012
Military Athletes' Honouring

    On 12 August, the Olympic Games in London came to an end.
    Military athletes of the Belarusian Armed Forces Sports Committee brought 33 per cent of all medals won by the Belarusian team in London.
    On 14 August, the Belarusian Defence Ministry Headquarters hosted the honouring ceremony for military athletes: champions, medalists and participants of the XXX Olympic Games in London.
    Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin met the military athletes: an Olympic champion Col. Sergei Martynov, bronze medalists in weight-lifting: warrant officer Irina Kulesha and athlete and coach Marina Shkermankova, a bronze medalist Senior Sergeant Irina Pomelova, a member of the women's K4 crew, and their coaches, as well as Senior Lieutenant Victoria Chaika, Ilya Chergeyko and warrant officer Yuri Scherbatsevich, who entered the top ten best shooters.

13 August 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 14-18 August, a group of Danish inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus-Russia group of states parties on board the Ukrainian An-30B observation aircraft within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection's aim is to verify military activities in the observed states.

8 August 2012
One More Olympic Bronze Medal

    Today the Belarusian women's kayak four won the bronze medal at a 500-m distance scoring 1.31.400.
    Senior Sergeant Irina Pomelova, an athlete and coach of the 2nd department of the Belarusian Armed Forces Sports Committee, is the crew's member.
    Irina is a world-class master of sports of Belarus. Although young (born in 1990), she won a bronze medal at the world championship and a gold medal at the European championship in 2011.
    This is the third bronze medal won by the military athletes at the Olympic Games in London. The number of Olympic medals won by Belarusian military athletes totaled four.

7 August 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 6-10 August 2012, a joint mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the US inspectors is conducting an observation flight over Belarus and Russia within the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.
    In its turn, a Belarusian inspection group is verifying two military units of Germany, which are subjects to control under the CFE Treaty, on 6-10 August 2012.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
    The inspection group includes inspectors from Belarus and one inspector from Kazakhstan and Ukraine each.

3 August 2012
Belarus Wins Its First Olympic Gold Medal

    On 3 August, Col. Sergei Martynov, top-qualification athlete and merited master of sports, won the first gold in the men's 50-m Rifle Prone final at the Olympic Games and set a world record.
    Sergei Martynov, an athlete and coach of the Belarusian Armed Forces Sports Committee, twice bronze medalist of the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004, three times World Champion, repeat winner of the competitions held by the International Council of Military Sports, repeat champion of Europe and twice World cup winner, was the best both in the qualification and final. He not only became the gold medalist, but also twice set a new world record scoring 600 and 705.5 points.

1 August 2012
Belarusian Military Athlete Wins First Olympic Medal in London




    On the 5th day of the Olympic Games in London, Belarusian team won its first medal. Weight-lifter Marina Shkermankova, an athlete and coach of the 2nd department of the Belarusian Armed Forces Sports Committee, won a bronze medal. Marina Shkermankova got 256 points (113 in the snatch and 143 in the clean and jerk). The silver medalist Roxana Cocos from Romania claimed the same number of points, but she weighs less than Marina Shkermankova and it is also taken into account when determining the place.
    Marina is a Belarusian world-class athlete in weightlifting, world weightlifting championship winner, a participant of the world weightlifting championship for adults (5th place), a member of the Belarusian national team and the Belarusian Armed Forces team.
    She is trained by warrant officer Pavel Gorkavoy, a coach of the national team of the Armed Forces, and a personal coach Victor Vinnik.
    Photos are taken from the official Olympic Games site london2012.com

16 July 2012
New Appointments

    According to the press-service of the head of state, Maj. Gen. Vitaly Kireyev was appointed Deputy Minister of Defence for Logistics, Chief of Logistics. President Alexander Lukashenko signed a relevant decree on 16 July.
    Maj. Gen. Alexander Boligatov was discharged to the reserve with the right to wear military uniform and insignia.

Observation Flight

    On 16-20 July 2012, a joint mission of Romania and the US inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the Romanian N-30 observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

13 July 2012
Chinese Military Delegation Completing its Visit

    The Chinese delegation headed by Col. Gen. Xu Caihou, member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, is completing its visit to Belarus.
    On 12 July, the delegation visited the 38th independent mobile brigade, where they got acquainted with the training system of Belarusian special operations forces.
    The Chinese military delegation also attended the Brest Hero-Fortress and laid a wreath at the eternal flame, a memorial to the fallen defenders of the Brest Fortress.

12 July 2012
Chinese Delegation Visiting Belarus

    The Chinese delegation continues its visit to Belarus. It is headed by Col. Gen. Xu Caihou, member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission.
    On 11 July, Belarusian Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin held a meeting with Col. Gen. Xu Caihou within the framework of the visit. The parties discussed further development of bilateral military cooperation and signed a relevant interdepartmental agreement.
    Today, Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich met with the Chinese military delegation.
    The Chinese delegation also visited the Belarusian Military Academy, where they got acquainted with the structure and tasks of the military school, capabilities of its operational and tactical training centre, multifunctional centre for simulating combat actions, training and material facilities of the aviation faculty, as well as the academy's training research range.

11 July 2012
China's High-Ranking Officials Visiting Belarus

    A Chinese delegation is visiting Belarus on 11-14 July 2012. It is headed by Col. Gen. Xu Caihou, member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission.
    On the first day of the visit Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with the head of the Chinese delegation.
    During the visit Belarusian Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin will hold a meeting with Col. Gen. Xu Caihou. The parties are going to discuss further development of bilateral military cooperation.

10 July 2012
Joint Competitions

    From 9 July, Polish Bialystok is hosting joint military competitions between the representatives of the 38th guards independent mobile brigade of special operations forces, Belarusian Armed Forces, and the Polish 18th reconnaissance regiment within the plan of major events of international military cooperation.
    Belarusian and Polish military personnel will take part in competitions on tactical and special training, football, volleyball, swimming, shooting from the basic weapons of the 18th reconnaissance regiment.
    The competition will improve the field training of the Belarusian military personnel, as well as the level of mutual understanding between the military persons of the two countries.

Military Inspection Activities

    On 9-13 July, a German inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Bruno Riediger is to visit Belarus under the CFE Treaty.
    During the visit the inspection group will examine two military units of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which are subjects to control under CFE. The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data. The inspection group includes five military inspectors from Germany and one inspector from Denmark, Luxembourg, Poland and Turkey each.
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    On 9-13 July, a joint mission of Italian, German and Hellenic inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the Italian C-130J observation aircraft within the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.
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    On 10-12 July, Minsk is to host a working meeting between the experts of the Belarusian and Ukrainian armed forces, dedicated to implementing the Agreement between Belarus and Ukraine on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.

4 July 2012
CIS Defence Ministers' Council Regular Session

    On 5 July, Kaliningrad is to host a regular session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Defence Ministers Council. The meeting will be headed by the Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
    The Belarusian Deputy Defence Minister Maj. Gen. Mikhail Puzikov will take part in this event.
    The participants of the meeting will consider 27 issues connected with different aspects of further multilateral cooperation.

29 June 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 26-28 June, a Polish inspection group headed by Maj. Kamil Chudecki will conduct an evaluation visit to the 6th guards independent mechanised brigade under the Agreement on Additional Confidence and Security-Building Measures to the 2011 Vienna Document between Belarus and Poland.
    The inspectors proved the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.
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    On 26-29 June, an Italian inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Luca Galani conducted an inspection on request within a specified area in Belarus according to the CFE Treaty.
    The inspection group proved that no conventional armament and military equipment limited by the CFE Treaty was available on a regular basis in the specified area except the military units subject to control.

25 June 2012
Promotion Issues

    On 23-28 June, a Vietnamese military delegation, led by Col. Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, head of the Vietnam People's Army General Department of Politics, is visiting Belarus.
    Colonels Igor Matrashilo, Andrei Nekrashevich and Alexander Volfovich have been promoted to the ranks of Major Generals.

25 June 2012
Promotion Issues

    On 23-28 June, a Vietnamese military delegation, led by Col. Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, head of the Vietnam People's Army General Department of Politics, is visiting Belarus.
    Colonels Igor Matrashilo, Andrei Nekrashevich and Alexander Volfovich have been promoted to the ranks of Major Generals.

Vietnamese Military Delegation Visiting Belarus

    On 23-28 June, a Vietnamese military delegation, led by Col. Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich, head the Vietnam People's Army General Department of Politics, is visiting Belarus.
    Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin had a meeting with the Vietnamese military delegation.
    According to the visit's agenda, Maj. Gen. Alexander Gura, assistant defence minister on ideological work in the Belarusian Armed Forces, head of the directorate on ideological work of the Belarusian Defence Ministry, held a briefing.
    Today the Vietnamese delegation will get acquainted with the structure and aims of the Belarusian Military Academy, as well as with training and material facilities of the command and staff department.
    Tomorrow the Vietnamese representatives will visit the Vayar military information agency of the Belarusian Armed Forces and the VoyenTV television company of the Belarusian Defence Ministry.

Military Cooperation Issues

    On 26-28 June, two representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces will participate in the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, held in Austria's Vienna.
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    On 26-28 June, a Polish inspection group headed by Maj. Kamil Chudecki will conduct an evaluation visit to the 6th guards independent mechanised brigade under the Agreement on Additional Confidence and Security-Building Measures to the 2011 Vienna Document between Belarus and Poland.
    The inspectors will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.
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    On 26-29 June, an Italian inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Luca Galani will visit Belarus to conduct an inspection on request within a specified area according to the CFE Treaty.
    The aim of the inspection is to prove that no conventional armament and military equipment limited by the CFE Treaty is available on a regular basis in the specified area except the military units which are subject to control.
    The inspection group includes eight military inspectors from Italy and one inspector from Hungary and Nethelands each.

22 June 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 19-22 June, a Danish inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Jens Mortensen verified the announced area on the Belarusian territory under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
    The inspectors verified the 11th independent guards mechanised brigade, which was subject to control under CFE. The inspection group proved that the actual amount of the materiel, limited by the treaty, corresponded to the declared data.

Observation Flight

    On 25-29 June, a joint mission of German and French inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the French C-130 observation aircraft within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

19 June 2012
Within the Framework of Cooperation

    On 19 June, representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces signed an act of receiving the grant military aid from the People's Liberation Army of China under the corresponding agreement at the Belarusian Defence Ministry Headquarters.
    The Belarusian party has received 22 Dongfeng Mansion light-armored special vehicles, which will enter the service with special operations forces.
    The new vehicles will be demonstrated during the Independence Day parade in Minsk.
    The Mansion is a new series of high-mobility all-terrain vehicles weighing 3.5 tons, which are developed by Dongfeng Motor. The vehicles feature perfect mobility, security and ergonomic characteristics and can be used across any terrain and under any weather conditions.

Danish Inspection Group

    On 19-22 June, a Danish inspection group headed by Lt. Col. Jens Mortensen is to visit Belarus within the framework of CFE. During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which is subject to control under CFE. The aim of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.

15 June 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 11-14 June, a Slovak inspection group, headed by Captain Zsolt Pastorek, verified the announced area on the Belarusian territory under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
    The inspectors verified the 103rd independent guards mobile brigade, which was subject to control under CFE. The inspection group proved that the actual amount of the materiel, limited by the treaty, corresponded to the declared data. Besides five military inspectors from Slovakia, the group also included an inspector from Spain, Canada, Luxemburg and Romania each.

11 June 2012
Within the Framework of Arms Control

    On 11-14 June, a Slovak inspection group is to pay an official visit to the Republic of Belarus under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
    During the visit the inspection group will examine a military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which is subject to control under CFE.
    The goal of the inspection is to prove that the actual amount of the materiel limited by the treaty corresponds to the declared data.
    Besides five military inspectors from Slovakia, the group also includes an inspector from Spain, Canada, Luxemburg and Romania each.
    On 14-17 June, a group of Polish inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the Ukrainian An-30B observation aircraft within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty.
    The inspection aims to verify military activities in the observed states.

6 June 2012
Participation in MultiNational Exercises

    According to the Individual Partnership Action Plan between Belarus and NATO for 2012-2013, Belarusian service members participated in the Cooperative Longbow and Cooperative Lancer 2012 multinational exercises.
    The exercises were held during the period 19 to 29 May 2012 in Macedonia within the framework of NATO Partnership for Peace programme by Allied Force Command Madrid and Macedonia's Defence Ministry.
    Participating in the exercises were more than 550 representatives of armed forces from 14 NATO and Partnership for Peace countries.
    Cooperative Longbow 2012 was to train headquarters-level military members to function within multinational headquarters during peace-keeping operations.
    Cooperative Lancer 2012 tactical exercise was aimed at training units of land forces of partner nation armed forces for performing in peace-keeping operations within multinational forces.
    Within Cooperative Longbow two Belarusian officers trained their skills in accomplishing training missions within headquarters of a multinational brigade.
    A peace-keeping squad of a peace-keeping company, the 120th independent guards mechanised brigade, North-Western Operational Command, took part in Cooperative Lancer 2012 tactical exercise within an integrated platoon of a multinational battalion.
    Participation of Belarusian military members in the exercises enabled them to learn the peculiarities of functioning within multinational headquarters during peace-keeping operations and training the personnel for them, as well as to acquire skills in accomplishing missions, which are performed by peace-keeping units during the operations.

1 June 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 3-7 June, Belarusian inspection groups will verify specified areas in Latvia and Lithuania in accordance with the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.

28 May 2012
Working Meeting within the Framework of Military Cooperation

    On 29-31 May, Minsk is to host a working meeting between representatives of the Belarusian and German armed forces on cooperation in arms control.
    The Belarusian delegation will be headed by by Col. Vasily Seregov, acting chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry department. The German delegation will be headed by Col. Hans-Juergen Buchholz, deputy chief, chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr Verification Centre.

25 May 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 21-25 May, a Ukrainian inspection group verified a specified area in Belarus and conducted an evaluation visit to the 38th independent mobile brigade according to the provisions of the interstate Agreement on Confidence and Security-Building Measures. The inspection group was headed by Col. Igor Turansky.
    The inspectors evaluated and proved the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.

14 May 2012
NATO Delegation to Visit Belarus

    A delegation of the NATO headquarters is to visit Belarus from 14 to 16 May.
    NATO representatives will arrive to the country within the framework of Belarusian participation in NATO's Partnership for Peace programme, as well as under the individual programme of partnership and cooperation between Belarus and NATO for 2012-2013.
    The delegation includes representatives of the NATO secretariat, strategic command for transformation and operations and military attaches of the NATO member states accredited to the Belarusian Defence Ministry.
    During the visit the parties are going to discuss current results and plans for Belarus' implementation of 2010 partnership goals, as well as consider a new draft package of 2012 partnership goals.

2 May 2012
Within the Framework of International Military Cooperation

    Deputy Defence Minister of Belarus Major General Mikhail Puzikov as head of the Belarusian delegation is to take part in a regular meeting of Defence Ministers' Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) to be held in Kazakhstan capital Astana on 3 May 2012.
    During the session the parties will discuss joint efforts aimed at development of military cooperation among the CSTO member states with regard to the existing and possible global and regional security problems. The defence ministers will also consider equipping the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force with advanced armament and military hardware, as well as training military personnel for the CSTO countries. The agenda also includes preparation for the Vzaimodeistviye 2012 joint exercise, in which the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force will participate. This year the exercise will be held in Armenia.
    Belarusian representatives will also participate in the opening ceremony of the KADEX 2012 arms show.

International Conference

    On 3-4 May 2012, Moscow is to host the Missile Defence Factor in Forming New Security Space international conference.
    The event will be attended by Pyotr Tikhonovsky, chief of the General Staff, first deputy defence minister of Belarus.
    During the conference, the official position of the NATO countries and the views of independent experts on the development of the European segment of US missile defence will be introduced to the participants.

28 April 2012
Flight Safety in Spotlight

    From 25 to 27 April, Minsk hosted a training session for command staff of flight safety services in CIS militaries and the CIS coordinating committee for flight safety of military aviation.
    The event is held to develop single views and approaches to ensuring flight safety of military aviation in the Commonwealth of Independent States, prevent air crashes and develop cooperation between authorised departments of CIS defence ministries in investigation and prevention of air accidents.
    During the session the participants exchanged information on the state of flight safety in CIS countries, their experience in investigating air accidents and supervising the work of aviation personnel, as well as determined key areas of further cooperation and information exchange between CIS defence ministries.

16 April 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 16-20 April 2012, a Belarusian inspection group is to verify a specified area in Italy in accordance with the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document is conducted in the specified area.
    At the same time, a joint mission of Belarus and Russia is to conduct an observation flight over Lithuania and Poland on board the Russian An-30B aircraft. A representative of the Belarusian Armed Forces will participate in this activity , held under the Open Skies Treaty.
    The aim of the flight is to verify military activities in the observed states.

Minsk to Host Collegium of Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries

    Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov will visit Belarus on 18 April to participate in a regular session of the Joint Collegium of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries.
    During the visit, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin will hold a face to face meeting with his Russian counterpart.
    The two defence ministers will take part in the collegium's scheduled session to discuss further development of bilateral military cooperation.

11 April 2012
Minsk Hosting Meeting of Belarus-Russia Commission for Open Skies Treaty

    Representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces are participating in the meeting of the Belarus-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for Open Skies Treaty. The event is being organised by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on 10 and 11 April 2012.
    The agenda includes a number of important issues of the treaty's joint implementation.

10 April 2012
Official Visit of Ukrainian Defence Minister to Belarus

    The Ukrainian Defence Minister Dmitry Salamatin has completed his official visit to Belarus.
    During the visit the Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin held a face to face meeting with his counterpart from Ukraine and the delegations conducted talks.
    Dmitry Salamatin also met with the State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council Leonid Maltsev.
    The Ukrainian Defence Minister attended Aeromash JSC and the Belarusian State Military Industrial Committee, as well as laid a wreath at the obelisk on Victory Square.

9 April 2012
Ukrainian Defence Minister to Visit Belarus

    On 10 April, Ukrainian Defence Minister Dmitry Salamatin is to pay an official visit to Belarus.
    During the visit, Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin will hold a meeting with his counterpart from Ukraine. The parties are going to discuss a number of issues concerning further development of bilateral military cooperation.

5 April 2012
Chiefs of Staff Committee Session

    On 5 April 2012, Kazakhstan capital Astana hosted regular sessions of the Committee of the Chiefs of the General Staffs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member states and the Chiefs of the General Staffs of the armed forces of the CSTO member states. Pyotr Tikhonovsky, Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Defence Minister of Belarus, participated in these events.
    Within the framework of the session of the Chiefs of the General Staffs of the CIS member states the participants discussed the issues of military cooperation, the list of joint events of the armed forces of the CIS member states in 2013.
    Within the framework of the session of the Chiefs of the General Staffs of the CSTO member states the parties discussed the issues of further development of the military component of the organisation, as well as worked out mechanisms, forms and methods of this development, taking into account the common priorities and national interests.

2 April 2012
Military Inspection Activities

    On 2-6 April 2012, a Belarusian inspection group is to verify a specified area in Ukraine and to conduct an evaluation visit to one of the Ukrainian military unit according to the provisions of the interstate Agreement on Confidence and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the inspection is to confirm that no military activity, subject to preliminary notification under the 2011 Vienna Document, is conducted in the specified area.
    The inspectors will also evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Ukraine to the OSCE member states according to the 2011 Vienna Document, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.
     In the same period of time, a joint mission of the USA and Czech Republic is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the -13 5 observation aircraft under the Open Skies Treaty. The aim of the flight is to verify military activities in the observed states.

26 March 2012
Observation Flight

    On 26-30 March, a group of German and US inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the Swedish SAAB OS-100 observation aircraft within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

23 March 2012
Joint Consultative Group Discusses Arms Control Issues

    On 21-23 March, Minsk hosted a meeting of the Joint Consultative Group of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries on Arms Control within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The Russian delegation was headed by Col. Ruslan Shishin, deputy chief of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Centre.
    During the meeting the parties discussed joint actions in fulfilling their obligations on international arms control treaties in 2012.

Hellenic Inspection Group

    On 19-22 March, a Hellenic inspection group, headed by Col. Theodoros Potolios, verified the announced area on the Belarusian territory under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
    The inspectors verified the 3620th artillery armament base, which was subject to control under CFE. The inspection group proved that the actual amount of the materiel, limited by the treaty, corresponded to the declared data.

19 March 2012
French Inspection Group Finishes Its Work in Belarus

    On 12-17 March, a French inspection group, headed by Maj. Patrick Rouille, conducted an assessment visit to the Republic of Belarus under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) and the 2011 Vienna Document.
    During the visit the inspection group evaluated the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states on the personnel and materiel of the Belarusian North-Western Operational-Tactical Command.
    The inspectors verified the 103rd independent guards mobile brigade and the 231st artillery brigade, which were subject to control under the CFE.
    The French inspection group verified Belarusian military units and proved that the actual amount of the materiel, limited by the Treaty, corresponded to the declared data. Besides eight military inspectors from France, the group also included one from Germany.

Belarusian Inspection Group Finishes Its Work in France

    On 12-17 March, a Belarusian inspection group conducted an assessment visit to France under CFE and the 2011 Vienna Document.
    During the visit the inspection group evaluated the reliability of the information, presented by France to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified military unit.
    The Belarusian inspection group verified two French military units and proved that the actual amount of the materiel, limited by the Treaty, corresponded to the declared data.

Joint Consultative Group to Discuss Arms Control Issues

    On 21-23 March, Minsk is to host a meeting of the Joint Consultative Group of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries on Arms Control within the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
    The Russian delegation will be headed by Col. Ruslan Shishin, deputy chief of the National Nuclear Threat Reduction Centre. During the meeting the parties will discuss joint actions in fulfilling their obligations on international arms control treaties in 2012.

16 March 2012
Hellenic Inspection Group to Visit Belarus

    On 19-22 March, a Hellenic inspection group, headed by Col. Theodoros Potolios, is to visit the Republic of Belarus under CFE. The inspectors will verify one military unit of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which is subject to control under CFE. The inspection is aimed at verifying the correspondence between the actual amount of the materiel, limited by the Treaty, and the declared data.

Observation flight

    On 19-23 March, a group of British inspectors is to conduct an observation flight over Belarus and Russia on board the Swedish SAAB OS-100 observation aircraft within the framework of the Open Skies Treaty. The inspection is aimed at verifying military activities in the observed states.

15 March 2012
Military Cooperation Issues

    On 15 March, the Belarusian Minister of Defence held a meeting with Mongolia's ambassador extraodinary and plenipotentiary to Russia (and Belarus), Brigadier General D. Idevkhten.
    During the meeting, the Mongolian ambassador introduced a new defence attache. The parties also discussed further development of bilateral military cooperation.

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    On 15 March, the acting chief of the international military cooperation directorate, Col. Dmitry Poverenny, met with the Austrian defence attache to Russia and Belarus, Brigadier General Helmut Fellner.
    During the meeting, the Austrian military diplomat introduced his new deputy, Col. Alexander Plappart. The parties also discussed further development of bilateral military cooperation.

12 March 2012
Belarusian Inspection Group to Visit France

    On 12-17 March, a Belarusian inspection group is to visit France within the framework of the CFE and the 2011 Vienna Document. The inspectors will verify two military units (at their option), which are subject to control under the CFE, and conduct an evaluation visit to one of the French military units under the 2011Vienna Document. During the visit the inspection group will verify the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel, limited by the Treaty, and the declared data.
    The inspection is aimed at evaluating the reliability of the information, presented by France to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit.

Working Meeting between the Belarusian Minister of Defence and State Secretary of the Union State

    On 12 March, Belarusian Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin had a working meeting with Grigory Rapota, State Secretary of the Union State.
    During the working session the parties pointed out the high level of cooperation between Belarus and Russia in the military sphere and discussed the main lines of further development of military cooperation within the framework of the Union State.

Bronze at World Indoor Athletics Championships

    On 9-11 March 2012, the World Indoor Athletics Championships was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Belarusian national team involved 5 army athletes.
    Warrant Officer Alina Talai posted a time of 7.97 sec. in the women's 60-m hurdles final and won the bronze.

11 March 2012
French Inspection Group to Visit Belarus

    On 12-17 March, a French inspection group is to visit the Republic of Belarus under the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) and the 2011 Vienna Document. The inspectors will verify two military units of the Belarusian Armed Forces (at their option), which are subject to control under the CFE, and conduct an evaluation visit to the Belarusian North-Western Operational-Tactical Command under the 2011 Vienna Document.
    The inspection is aimed at verifying the correspondence between the actual amount of materiel, limited by the Treaty, and the declared data. During the visit the inspection group will evaluate the reliability of the information, presented by Belarus to the OSCE member states, on the personnel and materiel of the verified unit. Besides eight military inspectors from France, the group also includes one inspector from Germany.

7 March 2012
Vienna Document Annual Implementation Assessment Meeting

    On 6-7 March, the 22nd Vienna Document Annual Implementation Assessment Meeting was held in Vienna, Austria. The participants of the meeting discussed the implementation of the Vienna Document in 2011, as well as proposals on raising the efficiency of the confidence- and security-building measures in the OSCE region, stipulated in the document. The Belarusian delegation was headed by Col. Vasily Seregov, acting chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry department.

Competition for Medals

    On 6 March, the European Freestyle Wrestling Championship began in Belgrade, Serbia. The opening day of the event was successful for the Belarusian national team. The first award was gained by Belarusian army athlete Sgt. Ivan Yankovsky, who won a bronze medal performing in the weight category of under 96 kilograms.
    Competing for the bronze, Yankovsky beat Radoslaw Baran of Poland in two periods - 1:0, 1:0.

6 March 2012
Belarusian and Russian military officials discussing military historic issues

    On 6-7 March, Minsk hosted a regular working meeting between representatives of the Belarusian and Russian armed forces, dealing with military history. Held under the plan of bilateral cooperation between the two defence ministries, the meeting was headed by Col. O. Krivonos, deputy chief of the Belarusian General Staff for science, chief of the military science directorate.
    The Russian delegation was headed by Ivan Basik, chief of the research institute for military history of the Russian General Staff Academy.
    During the event the experts summed up the results of the military historic work, called 'Peoples of Belarus and Russia in the Year of Napoleon's Invasion' and agreed on its completion and publishing, as well as organisation of events, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812.
    In addition, the participants of the meeting pointed out the topics of further joint military historic researches for 2013-2014, aimed at highlighting the events of the Great Patriotic War on the Belarusian and Russian territories.
    In the course of the working meeting the parties agreed that further development of bilateral cooperation in military history will help to strengthen allied relations and develop patriotic education among the citizens of the Union State.

1 March 2012
Reservists Called up for Training Session

    Belarusian reservists have been called up for a training session in the 120th independent guards mechanised brigade, North-Western Operational Command.
    The exercise will involve more than 450 reserve service members, including over 30 officers.
    The activities are aimed at increasing the reservists' expertise in basic combat issues and enhance their practical skills in the corresponding military specialities, as well as improving command and control skills of officers.
    At the final stage the reservists will take part in a command-and-staff exercise.

27 February 2012
Team of NATO Strategic Command Visiting Belarus

    On 26 February - 1 March 2012, a mobile training team on IED countermeasures of the Strategic Command Transformation is visiting Belarus. The visit is conducted within the framework of Belarusian participation in NATO's Partnership for Peace programme and implementation of the measures for achieving the partnership aims, which had been approved by Belarus during the programme's Planning and Review Process.
    The main purpose of the visit is to conduct training on combating IEDs, as well as to assist the Republic of Belarus in implementing such partnership goals as defeating IEDs and improving the capabilities of mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal.
    The training sessions will be held in the 2nd engineer brigade. The service members will study the issues of countering IEDs, including cases when they are applied in armed conflicts.
    The participants will study the procedure of clearing mines and blind shells, established in the armed forces of the NATO countries and recommendations to Belarus for improving the capabilities of defeating IEDs, as well as exchange information on the results of the Belarusian special units' activities aimed at eliminating explosive objects on the country's territory.

Vienna Document in Action

    From 27 February to 1 March, a Belarusian inspection group is to verify specified areas in Poland and Germany within the framework of the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures.
    The inspections are aimed at confirming the absence of military activities that require advance notification under the provisions of the 2011 Vienna Document.

24 February 2012
International Cooperation

    21 February 2012, the acting chief of the international military cooperation directorate, Col. Dmitry Poverenny, met with military diplomats from several foreign countries, accredited to the Belarusian Ministry of Defence:
    Air Commodore Carl Scott, British defence attache to Belarus and Russia;
    Lt. Col. Philippe Gautier, defence attache to Belarus (with office in Kiev).
    The meeting with Air Commodore Carl Scott was held as a completion of his accreditation to the Belarusian Ministry of Defence. The parties agreed to continue cooperation in such areas as language training, peacekeeping activities and culture.
    During the meeting with the French defence attache the two parties discussed the problems of bilateral military cooperation and prospects of its development. The parties pointed out the most topical issues of cooperation, which are of mutual interest.

20 February 2012
New Appointments

    According to the press-service of the head of state, President Alexander Lukashenko has made new appointments in the Belarusian Armed Forces, having signed relevant decrees on 17 February.
    Major General Mikhail Puzikov was appointed Deputy Minister of Defence.
    Major General Valery Khokhlov was appointed chief of the main directorate for combat training in the Armed Forces.
    Colonel Igor Matrashilo was appointed chief of the directorate for territorial defence, Deputy Chief of the General Staff.
    The appointments were made within the framework of reorganisation activities in the Armed Forces, aimed at optimising the structure of military command.
    Major-General Dmitry Pakhmelkin was appointed commander of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence by the decree of President Alexander Lukashenko on 20 February.

15 February 2012
Exercise Finishes

    On 14 and 15 February, during a special tactical exercise, the 308th independent missile battalion of the 465th missile brigade performed operational firing with the Tochka tactical missile system, and service members of the heavy howitzer artillery battalion of the 111st guards artillery brigade practiced their skills in fire control of artillery batteries.
    The artillery battalion conducted field firing to extreme range from the organic 152-mm 265 Msta-B howitzer.
    One of the exercise's features was integrated tactical employment of rocket and artillery units.
    The fire was adjusted and checked by the UAVs in service with the 927th center for the development and application of unmanned aircraft systems of the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence.
    The engineer units practiced engineer support of rocket and artillery units.
    The aim of the exercise was to improve field training of the personnel in accomplishing the service tasks in different environments, as well as their practical skills.
    The intensity of the combat training process has increased with the introduction of new enlistment terms in the Belarusian army, which allowed involving the soldiers called up in November 2011.
    The tasks of the exercise have been accomplished. Final results will be drawn after a thorough analysis.

10 February 2012
17th Anniversary of the CIS Integrated Air Defence System

    The idea to develop the CIS integrated air defence system was first discussed at the scientific and practical conference on 30 November, 1994, in which defence ministers of the CIS member states participated.
    On 10 February 1995, presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine signed the relevant agreement. This event launched the process of actual integration and development of close allied relations between the CIS states in the military sphere, with cooperation in air defence being one of its priorities.
    Initially, the CIS integrated air defence system was constituted by 32 SAM formations and units, 6 fighter aircraft units and 23 radio-technical formations and units.
    At present, Belarus is represented in the CIS integrated air defence system by fighter aircraft, SAM and radio-technical units.
    Since 1995, air defence alert forces have been participating in multilateral command and staff exercises, during which they accomplish mission area tasks. These exercises involve combat crews, command points and equipment on air defence combat duty.
    Integrated air defence combat alert intended to protect external borders of the CIS states became a logical integration measure within the CIS integrated air defence system.
    Belarusian and Russian air defence forces were the first to perform air defence alert missions on 1 April, 1996. They were joined by Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan after they had signed a trilateral instruction on joint actions of air defence alert forces. At present, air defence alert missions are performed also by Armenian and Uzbek air defence forces. The system created allows protecting air borders and controlling air space of its member states.
    Performance of air defence alert missions requires involvement of 15 command points of different levels, a SAM brigade and regiment, 18 subunits of radio-technical brigades, as well as about 600 service members on a daily basis.
    Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence personnel performing combat duty follow up about 400 aircraft a day, most of them being transit ones, which belong both to state and private air carriers from all over the world.
    On 27 February 1996, the defence ministries of Belarus and Russia signed an agreement regulating the provision of Russian firing ranges to Belarusian air defence units.
    Due to this agreement, in 1996 members of Belarusian air defence formations and units could practice field firing during a tactical exercise at Russian ranges.
    Results of field firing and high level of combat crew's qualification formed the basis for further development of cooperation within the framework of the integrated air defence system.
    The cooperation was manifested in the Boyevoye Sodruzhestvo 1998 joint operational exercise, during which formations and units of the Belarusian Air Defence Force, Kazakh Air Force, Kyrgyz Air Force and Russian Air Force performed field firing.
    Since 1998, the Boyevoye Sodruzhestvo joint operational exercises involved about 90 SAM battalions of different SAM systems, 75 crews of fighter, attack and bomber aircraft.
    The CIS integrated air defence system is a core element of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). The system has its practical application, as well as actual and long-term prospects.

7 February 2012
Cooperation within CSTO Framework

    On 8-9 February, Minsk will host the first stage of the session, dedicated to the education of service members from CSTO states in Belarusian military schools.
    The event will be attended by military officials from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tadzhikistan and the CSTO Joint Staff.
    The session's participants will visit the Military Academy of Belarus, get acquainted with its structure, tasks and training facilities. They will visit the air defence IT department, communication and C4ISR systems department, combined-arms department and airfield base. The session's program includes acquaintance with training facilities of the military technical department of the Belarusian State Technical University, military department of the Belarusian State University and military medical department of the Belarusian State Medical University.
    The event will end in the participants visiting the command and staff department and General Staff department of the Belarusian Armed Forces, where the results of the session's first stage will be summarised.

6 February 2012
Dates of Annual Holidays Established

    The Belarusian Defence Minister has issued an order, establishing the dates of annual holidays of the military education directorate and military departments in the higher educational institutions.
    Thus, 1 June has become the annual holiday of the military education directorate, Belarusian Armed Forces, 15 March - that of the military department in the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, 6 June - military medical department in the Belarusian State Medical University, 11 June - military technical department in the Belarusian National Technical University and military transport department in the Belarusian State University of Transport, 30 June - military department in the Yanka Kupala State University in Grodno, 5 August - military department in the Minsk State Higher Aviation College and 4 November - military department in the Belarusian State University.

Belarusian-Lithuanian Meeting Dedicated to Implementing Bilateral Agreement

    A Belarusian military delegation, headed by Col. Oleg Gorbach, chief of the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry, is to visit Lithuania in order to take part in the working meeting, dedicated to implementing the Agreement between Belarus and Lithuania on Additional Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.
    The meeting will take place in Vilnius on 7-9 February 2012.
    The participants of the meeting will evaluate the implementation of the Belarusian-Lithuanian agreement in 2011, discuss measures aimed at enhancing the agreement's efficiency in connection with the adoption of the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence and Security-Building Measures, as well as the mutual training of personnel in the sphere of arms control.
    The Lithuanian delegation will be headed by Lt. Col. Raimondas Ivanauskas, chief of the Arms Control Division, Joint Staff, Lithuanian Armed Forces.

2 February 2012
Joint Staff Training of Missile Troops and Artillery Directorate

    On 1-2 February, the missile troops and artillery directorate, Belarusian General Staff, conducted joint staff training.
     The aim of the training is to improve the command and control skills of the missile troops and artillery officials.
    The participants of the training practiced the employment of the missile troops and artillery, the main attention being paid to its qualitative planning, as well as sustainable management of troops.
    Every training stage included a package of measures, intended to provide command and control points' and units' survival during advance and deployment under enemy active surveillance and reconnaissance.
    During the joint staff training, a qualitative approach to issues concerning interoperability with other troops and military units has been achieved.
    The training's results have proved high professional level of officials of missile troops and artillery command and control bodies.
    All the training's objectives have been achieved in full.

Field Training

    On 2 February, the 308th independent missile artillery battalion of the 465th missile brigade started its field training under the plan of the Armed Forces' training.
    The main aim of the training is to improve command and control skills of commanders, as well as personnel's skills in accomplishing the service tasks.
    This field training will end in a tactical-special exercise.

31 January 2012
Scheduled Rotation

    On 23 January, a Belarusian service member Lt. Col. Yuri Maly left for Lebanon within the framework of the scheduled personnel rotation of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon.
    The Belarusian service member will serve as a staff officer in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon and will be responsible for maintaining liaison between the mission command and high-ranking officers of the Lebanese armed forces, as well as for organising and holding relevant meetings.
    As a full member of the world community, Belarus makes its contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security, including participation in peacekeeping operations under the aegis of the UN and other international organisations.
    In 2009, a decision was made on Belarus joining in UN peacekeeping activities.
    On 2 August 2010, the Belarusian President signed Decree No.400 on the participation of Belarusian service members in the peacekeeping activities in Lebanon.
    For the moment there are three Belarusian representatives in Lebanon: two military doctors and one officer of the mission's staff.
    Specialists of the military medical service of the Belarusian Armed Forces (a surgeon and an anesthesiologist) accomplish their tasks in the military hospital of the Indian Armed Forces, rendering medical assistance to both the UN peacekeepers and local population.
    Last year the UN Secretariat proposed Belarus to appoint its service member to the position of a liaison officer in the newly formed UN Mission in South Sudan. At the moment the officer is passing training to participate in the mission.

Representative of the International Red Cross Committee to Visit Belarus

    On 1-3 February, Oleg Bondarenko, representative of the Delegation of the International Red Cross Committee in Russia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, is to visit Belarus under the international military cooperation action plan for 2012.
    Colonel of Justice Erik Chislov, chief of the Belarus Defence Ministry's judicial directorate, will meet with the representative of the Red Cross Committee.
    Under the programme of the visit, the representative of the Red Cross Delegation, chief of the programme for cooperation with armed forces, will take part in the round table dedicated to the integration of international humanitarian law into the military training system. Oleg Bondarenko will also lecture to the officers of the Belarusian Defence Ministry, service members of the Belarusian Military Academy and the 72nd unified training center for NCOs and junior specialists. These lectures will be dedicated to the observance of international humanitarian law during military training and combat operations, as well as enforcement of international humanitarian law during armed conflicts.
    In the course of the visit the parties will sign an action plan of cooperation between the Belarusian Defence Ministry and the Delegation of the International Red Cross Committee for 2012.
    Founded in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) conducts its activities all over the world, rendering humanitarian assistance to the victims of conflicts and armed violence, as well as spreading knowledge about the laws protecting the victims of war. Being an independent and neutral organisation, the committee has a mandate stipulated by the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
    ICRC is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and has about 12,000 employees in 80 countries. The committee is mainly financed through voluntary contributions of governments and national societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
    ICRC conducts its activities on the basis of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocols to them, its Statute and the Statute of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, as well as resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
    The International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent is aimed at preventing and soothing human sufferings during military operations and emergency situations, for example, in case of epidemics, floods and earthquakes.
    This movement includes the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and 186 national societies. Every component of the movement has its own legal status and accomplishes its own tasks, but their activities are united by seven basic principles such as humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntariness, unity and universality. Every component of the movement is dedicated to respecting and upholding these principles.

Crime Rate in Belarusian Armed Forces Keeps Reducing

    On 30 January, Minsk hosted a regular session of the Collegium of the Belarusian Defence Ministry under the direction of Belarusian Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Yuri Zhadobin.
    The participants of the session considered the results of the work aimed at strengthening military discipline in the Armed Forces in 2011 and the tasks connected with the further strengthening of law and order in the Armed Forces in 2012.
    They also marked the considerable reduction of crime rate in military units. Last year the number of crimes committed by service members reduced by 22% in comparison with 2010 (in 2010 this number was 14%).
    The crime rate reduced in almost all categories of offences.
    The number of crimes committed during the accomplishment of service tasks by service members has reduced by 23% and the number of military crimes - by 33%.
    The crime factor for 1,000 people in 2011 was 2.2. It is the lowest crime rate in the history of the Belarusian Armed Forces. In 1994 the crime factor was 10.9, in 2004 it was 6.0 and in 2007 - 4.2. As a comparison, in the US Army in 2007 there were 9 deserters per 1,000 service members.
    Nevertheless, the range of negative events does not give cause for self-complacence even though we have achieved a radical crime reduction.
    In this connection the Collegium decreed that in 2012 the main efforts will be focused on further increase of the efficiency of work aimed at providing secure service conditions, conserving life and health of service members and preventing offences.
    Great attention will be paid to comprehensive study and support of the newly arrived enlisted service members in their day-to-day activities, their social and psychological adaptation to military service, organisation of internal service in vehicle parks and ensuring safe operation and maintenance of armament and military equipment.

24 January 2012
Belarusian Inspectors Visiting Polish Armed Forces

    On 24-26 January 2012, a Belarusian inspection group is paying an evaluation visit to a military unit of the Polish armed forces under the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the visit is to evaluate the information, presented by Poland to the OSCE states parties under the 2011 Vienna Document regarding the personnel and main materiel of the unit.

19 January 2012
Training Session

    On 19-20 January, the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry, is hosting a training session with the officers of the Air Force and Air Defence, operational (operational-tactical) commands, military units and organisations of the Defence Ministry, responsible for implementing international arms control treaties.
    The main goals of the session are to sum up the activities aimed at supporting the work of foreign inspectors in Belarus in 2011 and to set tasks for 2012.

18 January 2012
Main Results of Belarusian Arms Control Activities in 2011

    In 2011 Belarus conducted its inspection activities in the sphere of conventional arms control within the framework of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), 1999 Vienna Document of the Negotiations on Confidence and Security-Building Measures, Open Skies Treaty and bilateral agreements on the additional regional measures of confidence and security with Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine. During the mutual inspections and visits the inspectors checked information presented by the CFE and 1999 Vienna Document states parties regarding the military units of the armed forces.
    In the course of the year Belarusian escort groups, trained by the National Agency for Control and Inspections, Belarusian Defence Ministry, received 28 inspections, visits and observation flights of the states parties of international arms control treaties.
    The passive quota of inspections and visits to Belarus was fully used by the states parties of international treaties in 2011.
    All the foreign inspection groups were multinational and included from one to five invited inspectors from other NATO and OSCE states parties.
    Belarus carried out all its international obligations connected with the CFE, 1999 Vienna Document, agreements on regional measures of confidence and security and Open Skies Treaty. The authors of the reports on implementing control measures on the territory of Belarus under the 1999 Vienna Document and agreements on regional measures of confidence and security, sent to all the OSCE states parties, noted the fulfillment of all the specified confidence and security measures by Belarus, openness, transparency and good training of service members in the visited military units, as well as professionalism of the escort.
    On 18-21 April, the representatives of the OSCE states parties conducted their visits to the 61st fighter airbase in Baranovichi and 11th independent mobile brigade in Slonim under the 1999 Vienna Document, which was an important arms control event in Belarus in 2011.
    These visits were highly appreciated by the representatives of 27 OSCE states parties, which had accepted Belarusian invitation and taken part in the visits.
    In 2011 Belarusian inspection groups, trained by the National Agency for Control and Inspections, conducted twenty six inspections and visits:
    nine inspections of specified areas within the framework of CFE, in the course of which the inspectors verified objects of control in the armed forces of Germany (2), Denmark (2), Poland (2), France (2) and the Czech Republic (1);
    seven inspections of specified areas in Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania within the framework of the 1999 Vienna Document, as well as four evaluation visits of the military units of the Polish, US (in Germany), French and Estonian armed forces;
    two inspections of specified areas in Poland and Ukraine and four evaluation visits of the military units of the Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian armed forces within the framework of the agreements on regional measures of confidence and security.
    Besides, Belarusian inspectors also took part in 12 inspections and observation flights on the invitation of verification centres in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine within the framework of the CFE, 1999 Vienna Document and Open Skies Treaty.
    In the course of foreign inspection activities, Belarus confirmed that the inspected states parties had fulfilled their obligations on international arms control treaties.
    In 2011 Belarusian service members also took part in twelve activities on the invitation of Greece, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine, which conducted visits to airbases and military objects, demonstrations of new types of main materiel systems, as well as large-scale military activities.
    The National Agency for Control and Inspections took active part in considering international arms control treaties in 2011 within the framework of the sittings and sessions of consultative bodies in Vienna (Austria), including those of the Joint Consultative Group (on CFE), OSCE Forum on Security Cooperation (on 1999 Vienna Document and OSCE Document on Light and Small Arms) and Consultative Commission on the Open Skies (on the Open Skies Treaty).
    The representatives of the National Agency for Control and Inspections also took part in a number of other activities, including the 4th Review Conference of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, Annual Meeting for Implementation Review of the 1999 Vienna Document, OSCE Annual Security Review Conference, as well as Annual Meeting of the Chiefs of the OSCE Verification Centres.
    Besides, the parties conducted four bilateral working meetings, dedicated to the evaluation of the implementation of agreements on regional measures of confidence and security with Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, three sittings of the Joint Consultative Group of the Belarusian and Russian Defence Ministries on Arms Control, as well as two working meetings of the representatives of the Belarusian Armed Forces with the representatives of Kazakh and French armed forces, dedicated to bilateral arms control cooperation.
    In 2011 Belarus fulfilled all its international obligations in the sphere of arms control.

6 January 2012
Belarusian Inspection Group to Visit a Military Unit in Germany

    On 10-12 January 2012, a Belarusian inspection group is to conduct an evaluation visit to a military unit of the German armed forces under the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures.
    The aim of the visit is to verify the information, presented by Germany to the OSCE member states under the 2011 Vienna Document, regarding the unit's personnel and materiel.

 

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