Armenian soldiers marching at the Mulino training center during the opening ceremony of Zapad-2021

MOSCOW — Armenian soldiers participated on Thursday in the opening ceremony of vast joint military exercises conducted by Russia and Belarus.

The main part of the weeklong “Zapad-2021” (“West-2021”) exercises will start on Friday at more than a dozen training grounds in the two states. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, they will involve up to 200,000 military personnel, apparently making them the biggest war games in Europe in decades.

The bulk of the participating troops are from Russia and Belarus. The others were sent by three other members of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization — Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan — as well as India and Mongolia.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry announced that around 80 Armenian soldiers marched during the opening ceremony held at the Russian military’s Mulino training center about 360 kilometers east of Moscow.

The ministry said late last week that its troops will take part in the drills in line with a Russian-Armenian plan of joint military activities in 2021. It did not specify their number.

The Zapad-2021 drills are based on a scenario where Russia and Belarus are under attack. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said at the opening ceremony that the exercises will enable to develop universal approaches for readiness of troops, strengthen partnership and form new joint traditions of combat brotherhood. He emphasized that West-2021 drills are solely defensive in nature.

  1. This fools no one.

    Belarus is an ally of Azerbaijan.

    And the Russian-led CSTO has violated its agreement to help to defend Armenia.

    They’re all useless to Armenia.

  2. Why are you ignoring the scandal at the Jerusalem Patriarchate? When will you decide that you should report on it. has published four or five articles on it. Are you ignoring the story because the political party you belong to isn’t interested or is reluctant to criticize Patriarch Nourhan Manougian?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

“Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams” to be Hosted by Armenian American Museum at the Brand Library & Art Center

GLENDALE—the Armenian American Museum and the Brand Library & Art Center have…

Knesset Speaker Calls for Recognition of Armenian Genocide

JERUSALEM — The Knesset must do the moral thing and recognize the…

Threats of Violence Have No Place in Armenia

Vitaly Balasanyan, who is recognized as a National Hero of Artsakh, until…

Counselor Of the Consulate General of Armenia Varazdat Pahlavuni Participates In Utah’s 4th Diplomatic Conference

UTAH – From March 21 to 22, Counselor Varazdat Pahlavuni of the…