President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko proposed to continue military exercises "Slavic Brotherhood" taking place near Brest and to think about holding new joint exercises, TASS reports.
The Belarusian leader made such a proposal during a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who had arrived in Belarus on a visit.
According to Lukashenko, an agreement was reached with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the countries should continue the exercises "Slavic Brotherhood" on the territory of Belarus, think about the second stage of the exercises and other exercises. He suggested "to work out a plan without looking around, who will say what."
The Belarusian leader stressed that Belarus welcomes the exercises "Slavic Brotherhood" and added that they are being carried out successfully. Lukashenko also noted that no one will be able to drive a wedge into relations between Belarus and the Russian Federation.
Shoigu responded by saying that Russia and Belarus would conduct joint exercises in October.
On September 16, a Russian military delegation headed by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Minsk on a working visit, the purpose of which is to discuss issues of bilateral military cooperation between Belarus and Russia. Prior to that, Sochi hosted a meeting between the presidents of the Russian Federation and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. The negotiations lasted more than four hours.