Macedonia: US and Macedonian troops show off military equipment in Skopje

The US and Macedonian troops demonstrated their armoured vehicles and weaponry in Skopje, Saturday, ahead of the joint US-Macedonia drills, dubbed «Dragoon Guardian 17». The presented military hardware is reportedly being used by members of the Engineering Squadron of the US troops and the engineering combat battalion of the First Mechanised Infantry Brigade of the Macedonian army. The event... Еще was attended by Estonian Deputy Defence Minister Bekim Maksuti and US Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Bailey. Following the presentation of the military hardware, short self-defence training was reportedly held. On Friday, some 300 US soldiers and 120 military vehicles arrived to Macedonia to take part in the 'Dragoon Guardian 17' joint drill, which is set to run in Macedonia's Krivolak Army Range until August 10. According to Macedonia's Defence Ministry, the main objective of the drills is to deepen the US-Macedonia military cooperation as well as strengthen Macedonia's military and operation capability, compatible with NATO standards.

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