İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-07.06.2017- The opening ceremony of the Slavic Brotherhood-2017 which is a part of joint anti-terror drills, conducted by Russia, Belarus, and Serbia, held at the Brestsky Range in Belarus.
Russian Col. Alexey Sgibnev, Deputy General of the drill, informed public about the upcoming stages of the drill. He said “The first one stipulates establishing cooperation within multinational battalion task force, formed from units of three participating countries for carrying out counter-terrorism tasks, this phase will last from June 6 to June 11. The second [active] phase — practical fulfillment of counter-terrorism tasks as multinational battalion task force- will take place from June 12 to June 14".
He explained that the exercise includes the movement of the multinational battalion task force to a selected area with water crossings and an airlift delivery by Il-76 aircraft, taking control of this area, release of facilities seized by terrorists, the rescue of hostages, the simulation of the killing of terrorist groups and evacuation of the injured.
Sgibnev indicated that activities of Russian, Belarusian and Serbian officers within a single unit is "the achievement of closer cooperation between military forces of the three states and their preparation to fight together against the greatest evil of today — international terrorism."
Slavic Brotherhood is an annual event for tactic drills staged by armed forces of those three states. The first one was conducted in September 2015 at Russia's Rayevsky range, while the second drills took place next to Serbian Belgrade in November 2016.