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Serbia refused to take part within the navy workout routines “Slavic Brotherhood – 2020”, which have been to happen within the second half of September on the Brestsky coaching floor. This was introduced on Wednesday, September 9, by the Minister of Defense of Serbia Aleksandar Vulin.

According to him, Belgrade has come below “robust and undeserved” strain from Brussels – the management of the European Union has strongly really useful to refuse to take part in joint maneuvers with Russia and Belarus. “We were asked, putting our European future on the line … to abandon the planned military exercises with Belarus,” Vulin mentioned. As a consequence, the impartial state of Serbia freezes all navy workout routines with any nation for six months.

Relations between Belgrade and Minsk

Alexander Lukashenko observes military exercises near Grodno

Alexander Lukashenko observes navy workout routines close to Grodno (August 2020)

Serbia and Belarus preserve good bilateral relations, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited Belgrade in December 2019. At the identical time, Belgrade seeks to affix the EU and has supported European criticism of the Belarusian presidential elections held in August, not recognizing them as both truthful or free. The arrival of the Serbian navy in Belarus was deliberate for September 10-15. The navy workout routines “Slavic Brotherhood” are held yearly, in 2019 they have been held in Serbia.

The mass protests in Belarus, which started after the presidential elections on August 9, at which, in response to the CEC, Lukashenka gained with 80% of the vote, have been occurring for the second month. In the primary days, about 7,000 individuals have been detained, 4 individuals have been killed.

Serbian President was dissatisfied with Maria Zakharova

Earlier, on September 6, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic sharply spoke in regards to the Facebook put up of the official consultant of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, calling it “primitive and vulgar.” Zakharova revealed a photograph collage, combining the picture of Vucic throughout his talks with US President Donald Trump with a body from the film “Basic Instinct”.

Azerbaijan refused to take part in Russian workout routines

Also on September 6, it grew to become identified that Azerbaijan refused to take part within the Caucasus-2020 navy workout routines, deliberate in September in southern Russia. India did this even earlier, so now the navy of solely 4 international locations will participate in them: Belarus, Myanmar, Iran and Pakistan.

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