Joint Anti-Terrorist Drills "Slavic Brotherhood" Began in Belarus
The opening ceremony for the joint anti-terror drills dubbed "Slavic Brotherhood-2017" has kicked off today at the Brestsky Range in Belarus. Belarusian Special Operations Commander and Commander-Maneuver, Major General Vadim Denisenko, congratulated the representatives of the Russian, Belarusian and Serbian Armed Forces.
According to Russian Deputy Commander-Maneuver, Colonel Alexey Sgibnev, "a multinational battalion task group has been formed for the first time in the history of the Slavic Brotherhood joint drills, consisting of Russian, Belarusian and Serbian servicemen, that will conduct antiterrorist exercises as part of a peace-keeping operation".
"The forthcoming military exercises of the Russian, Belarusian and Serbian soldiers within a united task group indicate that the three states have achieved a closer cooperation and are preparing to fight together the greatest evil of our time - international terrorism", Russian Colonel Alexey Sgibnev stressed.
Over 300 servicemen from Russia’s Pskov Air Assault Division of the Airborne Forces, over 400 servicemen from Belarus’ Air Assault Brigade of the Special Operations Forces and 50 servicemen from Serbia’s Special Brigade are taking part in the 2017 Slavic Brotherhood military exercises. In addition, Russia sent 24 armored vehicles units and more than 10 vehicles. Russian servicemen are equipped with combat equipment "Ratnik", crews of combat vehicles - protective kits "Cowboy". Russian Il-76MD military strategic airlifters and Belarusian planes and helicopters are taking part in the exercises. The active maneuvering stage of the drills will run until June 14.