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Lukashenko: Belarus is to face unprecedented economic, political, military pressure

16:58, 26 May

Belarus will face unprecedented economic, political and even military pressure, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting in the Defense Ministry of Belarus to discuss military security issues on 26 May, BelTA has learned.

The head of state emphasized the need to discuss topical issues on adjusting the areas of further development of the Armed Forces under the present-day conditions.

“The current events in the neighboring countries testify to the high dynamics of changes in the threats to the military security of Belarus, with the views on the use of military force and methods of armed struggle being transformed,” the Belarusian leader said.

The president pointed out that the United States and its satellites continued the course on aggravation of relations with the whole world. In his words, there is a heated confrontation with Russia, increasing military presence near Belarus, as an ally of Russia, including large-scale exercises near its borders.

“Under the cover of defensive issues these maneuvers are working on the redeployment of troops from the United States, Western Europe, the development and use of groupings. We can see the real purpose of the NATO exercises. In fact, this is reconnaissance and development of a possible future theater of military operations. According to the U.S. plan, Europe and NATO have entered into a global confrontation with Russia. In this struggle, Belarus is to face unprecedented and prolonged economic, political and even military pressure,” the Belarusian leader said.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, military pressure will come via Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and the NATO troops deployed there, and also through the escalation of combat actions in Ukraine. 

The head of state stressed that the current situation requires the troops to be ready to give an adequate response to military steps against Belarus.

“Besides, we have to determine the main areas of further development of our army. We proceed from the fact that the level of military threats to Belarus will increase in the future and these measures should be taken as soon as possible,” the president said.

In his words, the task was set at the meeting with the senior officials of the Defense Ministry to work out proposals on the areas of the Armed Forces development under present conditions. Aleksandr Lukashenko asked to report on the results of the work done so far.

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