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Belarus, Russia maintaining successful military cooperation

The regulatory basis covers development of new weaponry and military hardware, including joint production in the interests of both countries

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Belarus and Russia have been keeping a successful military and technical cooperation within the Union state, according to Sergey Guruylov, the Chairman of Belarusian State Military Industrial Committee. The two countries have also had positive relations with other countries, the Russian envoy said.

Following a meeting of the Belarusian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Military and Technical Cooperation last week, Guruylov said that the cooperation has been beneficial for both countries. The envoy added that the two sides have the necessary regulatory basis to operate legally.

The said meeting was held in Baranovichi in the region of Brest.

The regulatory basis covers the development of new weaponry and military hardware, including joint production in the interests of Russia and Belarus as well as other countries.”

Guruylov admitted that the bilateral relations between the two countries faces some road bumps from time to time. He, however, emphasized that there has not been any “crucial” problems.

The chairman some personal mistakes also take place, but the two countries are determined to move forward together.

Alexander Fomin, the Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, also said that Moscow and Minsk have helped each other out in the field of military.

“This includes the development and production of weapons and military hardware for both countries and some purely commercial projects,” Fomin explained.

Formin said that the two countries have created an “extensive legal framework” which allowed both sides “to be responsive to any situation within the Collective Security Treaty as well as on bilateral level.”

During the intergovernmental commission meeting, officials from both Moscow and Minsk discussed “concerning practical interaction between the Belarusian defense companies and the Russian defense industry.”

The commission is set to meet again in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2017.

Moscow is currently fighting in a civil war in Syria.

Written by Jim Lemuel Wilson

Jim Lemuel Wilson previously worked for The Manila Times and S&P Global Market Intelligence. He specializes in Middle East affairs and foreign policy. Contact Jim by email.

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