The second stage of the Russian-Belarusian exercises “Slavic Brotherhood” will be held from 22 to 25 September, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus reported on Monday, September 21.
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“Against the background of the evolving military-political situation around the Republic of Belarus, the President of the country [Александром Лукашенко] a decision was made to hold the second stage of the joint Belarusian-Russian exercise “Slavic Brotherhood – 2020”, the message says.
The second stage, as noted in the military department, will take place from September 22 to 25 in the form of an operational-tactical exercise.
“The main focus of the practical actions of the troops in this case will be the conduct of joint actions in the interests of ensuring the military security of the state,” added the Ministry of Defense.
The military exercises 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.
Upon completion of the “Slavic Brotherhood” Belarus will take part in the strategic command and staff exercises “Kavkaz-2020” in Russia.