Russia, Belarus to created Union State defense mechanism in 2016-18 - Shoigu

The plan of joint activities for 2016-2018 is aimed at formation of a military organization of the Union State.

Russia and Belarus will create in the next two years a mechanism for the armed defense of the Union State, Russian Defense Minister, General Sergey Shoigu told reporters on Wednesday after a joint collegium meeting of the two countries’ defense ministries.

"We have approved [at the collegium meeting] the plan of joint activities for 2016-2018 that is aimed at formation of a military organization of the Union State, the establishment of a reliable mechanism for its armed defense," Shoigu said.

According to the minister, the collegium also discussed implementation of the agreement on joint guarding of the external borders and combat duty within the framework of the Unified Regional Air Defense System in Belarus

Shoigu separately addressed the issue of the improvement of the joint radio-electronic warfare system. "The necessary regulatory framework for this has been formed, and its functioning will ensure efficient use of the electronic warfare assets of our countries’ armed forces," the minister said.

First published by TASS.

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