A large military exercise “Slovene Brotherhood 2019” started at the Special Brigade in Pancevo on 14th June with more than 750 members of elite special units and airborne units of Serbian, Russian and Belarusian army. During the 12 days they will have to carry out the drill and maneuvers during which they will simulate the parachute desant and free the objects from the terrorists. The exercise “Slovene Brotherhood 2019” will be realized at the airport next to Kovin, as well as at the Serbian Army “Peskov” and “Orešac” military bases. Speaking to the post-war soldiers and officers at the opening ceremony, Russian commander of the 234th military army, Colonel Viktor Babikov pointed out that members of the three armies would carry out combat operations together with the most up-to-date weapons they have. His fellow deputy, the commander of the Special Forces of the Belarusian Armed Forces, the Bulgarian colonel, Alexander Barahulja, stated that this exercise is significant because it represents a symbol of the friendship of the three countries and their fraternal relations. The first man of the Special Brigade of the Serbian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Miroslav Talijan, reminded that soldiers from Serbia, Russia and Belarus conducted operations in Vojvodina in 1944, when they fought against German fascism. He added that the exercise “Slovene Brotherhood 2019” is being conducted to train units and command during special operations.
Cooperation between the special units of Serbia and Russia began in 2014, and a year later, Belarus joined them. For example, in mid-November 2017, Serbian soldiers performed parachute jumps in Serbia, near Kovin, with parachutes from the 173rd Brigade of the European Command of the US Armed Forces. In mid-May this year, members of the Army of Serbia participated in a military exercise in the “Jug” base together with members of the National Guard Ohio.