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Bulgaria: Bulgarian, Serbian, US troops hold joint drills on Black Sea coastline

Bulgaria, Shabla
June 13, 2019 at 15:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bulgarian, Serbian, and US troops held joint military drills near the city of Shabla, northeast Bulgaria on Thursday, as part of US European Command's Joint Exercise Program, during which they tested out jets, helicopters, missiles and various systems. Taking place on the Black Sea coast, the drills were reportedly supervised by the Russian navy.

The troops were filmed practicing shooting from air-to-sea, ground-to-ground, and ground-to-sea. In the process, many army machinery and systems were used, such as, MiG-29 & SU-25 combat jets, Mi-24 helicopters,'S-125 Neva surface-to-air missiles, 2K12 Kub mobile surface-to-air missile system as well as S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, who was one of the many officials supervising the drills on Thursday, said, "the conclusion drawn from the shooting of the Bulgarian and the US and Serbian troops, is that we have to live in peace and not in war, because we will fight and people will die."

Deputy Ambassador of the USA in Bulgaria Justin Friedman was also present, along with a Serbian delegation lead by its Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin.

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Bulgarian, Serbian, and US troops held joint military drills near the city of Shabla, northeast Bulgaria on Thursday, as part of US European Command's Joint Exercise Program, during which they tested out jets, helicopters, missiles and various systems. Taking place on the Black Sea coast, the drills were reportedly supervised by the Russian navy.

The troops were filmed practicing shooting from air-to-sea, ground-to-ground, and ground-to-sea. In the process, many army machinery and systems were used, such as, MiG-29 & SU-25 combat jets, Mi-24 helicopters,'S-125 Neva surface-to-air missiles, 2K12 Kub mobile surface-to-air missile system as well as S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, who was one of the many officials supervising the drills on Thursday, said, "the conclusion drawn from the shooting of the Bulgarian and the US and Serbian troops, is that we have to live in peace and not in war, because we will fight and people will die."

Deputy Ambassador of the USA in Bulgaria Justin Friedman was also present, along with a Serbian delegation lead by its Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin.

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