The Russian-Belarusian military exercises “Slavic Brotherhood”, which are taking place at the Brest training ground, are of a planned nature. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to Minsk Dmitry Mezentsev on September 18.
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“This is a response to all those forces, primarily from neighboring countries, which expect that it is possible to shake up the situation, it is possible to allow groundless, in their own way unjustified interference in the internal affairs of independent Belarus,” Mezentsev said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel. …
In addition, he clarified that those who “shake” this situation in the republic have “no norms of international law” to exert unprecedented pressure on the socio-political situation in the country.
At the same time, he stressed that the Russian-Belarusian exercises are planned, and “planned exercises should not alarm and frighten anyone.”
Earlier, on September 16, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko suggested that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu continue the Slavic Brotherhood military exercises near Brest and think about conducting new joint maneuvers.
The first stage of the Belarusian-Russian tactical exercises “Slavic Brotherhood – 2020” started in Belarus. On the Russian side, units of the Guards Airborne Assault Regiment of the Pskov Guards Airborne Forces are involved in the exercises.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the exercises will be held until September 25. The paratroopers of the two countries will work out the issues of interaction between units in the performance of tactical tasks.
About 300 servicemen and about 70 units of military and special equipment of the Guards airborne assault formation are taking part in the exercises on behalf of Russia.
It was planned that in September, at the Brestsky training ground, under the leadership of the commander of the special operations forces of the Armed Forces of Belarus, joint Belarusian-Russian-Serbian exercises would be held, which are held alternately on the territory of one of the participating countries. In 2019, these exercises were held in Serbia, in 2018 – in Russia.
However, on September 9, Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandr Vulin announced that the European Union had demanded that Belgrade abandon the upcoming exercises in Belarus. The Serbian government has suspended military exercises with all countries for six months.
Upon completion of the “Slavic Brotherhood” Belarus will take part in the strategic command and staff exercises “Kavkaz-2020” in Russia.