Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the concept of the Belarus-Russia joint strategic army exercise West 2017. The army exercise is scheduled for September. It will be the final stage in the joint training of the Belarusian and Russian armed forces in 2017. Following the resolution of the heads of state, such army exercises are held once in two years in one of the two countries. The forthcoming exercise will focus on the training and deployment of army units for the protection of the military security of the Union State. The army exercise will be divided into two stages. Apart from the deployment of army units, the exercise will focus on the fulfillment of territorial defense tasks, better protection of the state border, restoration of the defense capacity of the armed forces, comprehensive support of the army.