Belarus, Russia and Serbia Challenge NATO with Joint Military Drills

Belarus, Russia and Serbia carry out joint maneuvers in the face of the increase in the number of NATO forces in neighboring countries.

The Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that these military exercises, called the Slavic Brotherhood 2020, will be carried out at a military base located in the city of Brest, on the border with Poland.

For the materialization of these maneuvers, which will last until September 15, contingents from Russia and Serbia will begin arriving on Belarusian soil on Thursday.

In these exercises, the participating units of the Armed Forces of Russia, Belarus and Serbia, which make up a multinational tactical group, will practice exercises related to joint action in the fight against terrorism.

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According to a report issued by the Belarusian Ministry of Defense, the Slavic Brotherhood maneuvers, which took place in Serbia in 2019, will continue to take place in successive years.

This announcement comes at a time when relations between Russia and the West have been further strained by the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) accusing Moscow of having expansionist ambitions in Europe and will use these allegations to strengthen its presence in some European countries, such as Poland, where it does not even rule out the possibility of transferring nuclear weapons.

Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly expressed its concern about the increase in the military presence of the Atlantic Alliance in Europe, especially near its border areas. At this juncture, the Kremlin has stressed that Russia does not represent any threat to other nations, but, of course, it will not ignore actions that endanger its interests.

Featured image: The forces of Belarus, Russia and Serbia participating in the military exercises called Slavic Brotherhood 2019 in Serbia.


Translation: OT/JRE/EF

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