'Slavic Brotherhood' international military drills start in Serbia

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Joint drills of Russia, Serbia and Belarus will be held near Belgrad

Joint military drills of Russia, Serbia and Belarus titled "Slavic Brotherhood 2016" are starting in Serbia on Nov. 3.

The press service of the Serbian Defense Ministry said that "212 servicemen of the Russian Airborne Troops, 56 Belarusian servicemen and 450 Serbian servicemen will take part in tactical exercise that will be held at aerodromes and training ranges of the Serbian Armed Forces on Nov. 3-9."

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TASS asked the Serbian Defense Ministry why the Russian Defense Ministry says the last day of drills is Nov. 15. A spokesman for the Serbian Defense Ministry said that "the last day of drills is Nov. 9, but Russian servicemen will stay in Serbia until Nov. 15." The last days will be devoted to "joint analysis of the drills and culture program, including concerts of military bands."

"The aim of drills is to improve operational capabilities for resolving tactical and fire tasks when carrying out anti-terrorist operations in the multinational environment," the Serbian Defense Ministry said.

"The ‘Slavic Brotherhood’ drills represent continuing cooperation between Russian Airborne Troops and Serbian special brigade that started during "SREM 2014" military exercise held on the territory of Serbia. In 2015 drills were held on the territory of the Russian Federation," the defense ministry added.

Source: TASS.com

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