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    Serbia Prepares for 2 Joint Military Drills With Russia, Belarus

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    Serbian Defense Ministry reported that Serbia is getting ready for two upcoming joint military drills with Russia and Belarus.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) — Serbia is getting ready for two upcoming joint military drills with Russia and Belarus: Slavic Brotherhood and Bars, a spokesperson for the Serbian Defense Ministry said Monday.

    "Slavic Brotherhood-2016 drills will take place on the Serbian territory between September and October 2016. The drills will be held by three parties with the participation of representatives of Russian, Belarus and Serbian armed forces," the spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

    The parties will agree on the exercise's details, including the date, the number of the participants and venue, at a conference in late August.

    "Bars-2016 drills will be held on Serbian territory and in airspace in October 2016. The exact time will depend on weather conditions. MiG-29 jet fighters and new Mi-17 helicopters, which have just been bought by the Serbian Armed Forces from Russia, will be primarily used during the exercise," the spokesperson said.

    In September 2015, paratroopers from Russia, Belarus and Serbia took part in the Slavic Brotherhood drills in Russia. Russia also held Bars-2015.


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