Russian soldiers headed for Serbia for "Slavic Brotherhood"

More than 150 members of the Ivanovski Battalion of Russia's Airborne Troops (VDV) are due to arrive in Serbia for a joint military exercise.

Source: Tanjug
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(EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY, file)
(EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY, file)

The Russians will participate in the exercise, dubbed "Slavic Brotherhood 2016," together with Serbian soldiers. They will also be joined by members of the Belarus military.

The drill will be taking place near Belgrade November 2-15. Beside the VDV troops, Russia is sending three Il-76MD planes with over 50 soldiers, members of the military-transport aviation.

Sputnik reported this on Monday, citing a statement issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

In addition, three BMD-2 armored vehicles, a Tachyon drone, and four ATVs will also arrive in Serbia for the purposes of the exercise.

The first "Slavic Brotherhood" drill was held last year near Novorossiysk, RF.

The Serbian Army announced earlier that this year's "Slavic Brotherhood" represent a continuation of the cooperation between the VDV and Serbia's Special Brigade, that started in 2014 with the "SREM 2014" exercise.

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