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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minsk in Joint Exercises

MOSCOW -- Russia and its ally Belarus will begin military exercises next week specifically targeted at repelling an attack from the West, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The West '99 maneuvers will last Monday through Saturday and involve armed formations of Russia's western regions. All troops will be put on high alert, Interfax reported, citing the Defense Ministry.

The ministry said that "the dates for these maneuvers are not linked to the situation around Yugoslavia," Interfax reported.