In September later this year Belarus and Russia are to conduct the joint military exercises ‘Union Shield 2011’ – the decision was made by defence ministers of both states Yuri Zhadobin and Anatoly Serdyukov during a bilateral meeting held in Minsk on 20 April. The manoeuvres will take place at two Russian training ranges Gorokhovetsky in the Nizhny Novgorod region and Ushuluk in the Astrakhan region. Around 12 thousand soldiers from both countries, over 50 planes and helicopters, as well as 200 units of military hardware are expected to be involved in the exercises. At a press conference following the discussions Serdyukov said that Russia will resume the delivery of the S-300 air defence systems to Belarus (and thus honour the contract signed in 2005).
2011.04.20, Interfax, www.belapan.com, www.lenta.ru, www.rian.ru