The Russian Defense Ministry transferred a battalion tactical group of the Airborne Forces division to Belarus for the second stage of the Slavic Brotherhood exercise. This was announced on Monday, September 21, at the Russian department.
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“In accordance with the concept of the Belarusian-Russian exercise“ Slavic Brotherhood – 2020 ”, a battalion tactical group of the Tula formation of the Russian Airborne Forces arrived in the territory of the Republic of Belarus by rail,” the TASS report is quoted as saying.
Also, the Ministry of Defense noted that the group will take part in joint practical actions of the active phase at the Gozhsky training ground near Grodno.
The second stage of the Russian-Belarusian exercises “Slavic Brotherhood” will take place from 22 to 25 September. They will involve about 6 thousand servicemen of Belarus, as well as over 500 units. technology. On the Russian side, about 1,000 people and 100 units will take part in the military exercises. military equipment.
On September 18, Russian Ambassador to Minsk Dmitry Mezentsev noted that the exercises “Slavic Brotherhood” are of a planned nature, which means that “no one should be alarmed or frightened.”
Earlier 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 will 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.