Russia, Belarus plan large-scale military drills in 2023 – report

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Belarusian and Russian national flags fly during "Day of multinational Russia" event in central Minsk

MOSCOW – Russia and Belarus plan to carry out large-scale military drills in 2023 and have prolonged a deal under which Russian military facilities operate in Belarus, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying on Wednesday.

The agreement refers to a component of Russia’s missile defence system as well as a radio station servicing Russia’s navy, it said.

(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Jon Boyle)