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Belarus Security Council Focuses on State Military Security Issues

Belarus Security Council Focuses on State Military Security Issues 14 February 2018

Belarus Security Council Focuses on State Military Security Issues

Issues of state military security were identified as the main ones on the agenda during the meeting of the Security Council held on 13 February 2018 under the chairmanship of the Belarus President.
The meeting considered key issues of national security, evaluated the work of relevant state bodies in the past year and outlined the tasks for the near future.
The President noted the obvious progress in the development of the Belarusian Armed Forces: over the past few years, a lot has been done to maintain the combat readiness of Belarusian military units. The army is supplied with state-of-the-art military technologies developed in Belarus and other countries. Intensive combat training is organised.
Alexander Lukashenko drew attention to the fact that all this requires considerable financial expenses. Therefore, the President demands from the government to carefully correlate the necessities and possibilities and not to allow disruptions in the financing of the Armed Forces.
“The task for the Defence Ministry is to acquire the most necessary equipment and allocate funds with maximum efficiency,” the Belarusian leader said.
The President stressed that the country had taken quite tough and timely measures to develop the Belarusian defence industry. Belarus has managed to set up a creative cluster consisting of chief designers and specialists in military production.
“I warn you that this must not be just a statement. We will address this issue and see how creative this cluster is,” the President warned.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, highly effective types of weapons are in demand not only in Belarus, but also in foreign markets. Belarusian specialists managed to advance in new areas: rocket engineering, the development of advanced surface-to-air missile systems and armoured vehicles.
“However, there is still a lot to be done. New generations of weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare systems and robotic systems – this is an incomplete list of what we are working on and still have to work. We must introduce the latest solutions into the production cycle more actively and shorten the time needed to bring them to serial production,” said Alexander Lukashenko.
During the meeting, Defence Minister Lt. Gen. Andrei Ravkov and Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee Oleg Dvigalev informed the President of the results of the agencies’ activities in 2017 and tasks for 2018, as well as reported on the existing problems and ways to resolve them.
The President asked the defence minister and the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee what further measures are needed to develop the Armed Forces and strengthen the military security of the state as a whole, what are the problematic issues and how they will be solved, and also specified the areas of activities related to equipping the Armed Forces, officer training and strengthening military discipline.


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