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Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' state defense directive

Belarus should do everything to ensure military and socio-political security, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the country's Security Council, which considered a state defense plan, which is designed for five years. 

The document outlines almost all potential threats and responses to them.

The situation around Belarus is constantly changing. Conflicts break out in the world rapidly and unpredictably. 

A strategy of indirect actions, invented by Western experts, is widely used today. It means that non-governmental organizations with radical views are used to undermine the country. 

Information war is raging too, according to the Belarus President.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
Continuing bloodshed in Ukraine is a lesson for any sovereign state. NATO's military build-up on our western borders is alarming, too. A growing number of activities to prepare the Alliance forces and intelligence activities, the deployment of military facilities in Poland and the Baltic States suggest that the West deliberately continues to rely on military force to ensure its geopolitical interests. All this is evidence that we need to develop and strengthen our defense. At the same time, I do not want to hide problems on the east in this situation. We once stated that the main threats to our country have economic nature. There are no threats from some non-governmental organizations, radical opposition or something else. The authorities in Belarus, though struggling, still meet the interests of the people. But economy is a very vulnerable area for any state, especially for us in this situation, especially for our export-oriented economy.
Russia's behavior cannot but alarm. But we, including myself, do not make any conclusions until we talk with the president of Russia. I still want to find out: why does Russia use such a policy towards Belarus? We have to take it into account.We do not dramatize the situation, I emphasize it once again. We just want clarity.
Nobody will be allowed to talk with our country from a position of strength. We're not a giant state, we do not have the power of nuclear weapons, but our army is efficient enough to respond to any threat. And not only the army - all the people. We do not want to go under the whip and be goaded from day to day, from hour to hour. Therefore, we will take care of our own piece of land as well as its statehood and independence. We clearly understand that the stability and security of the country is what first of all provides a stable development of the state. We do not intend to start a war, but we must do everything we can to ensure the security and socio-political stability in the society.

The majority of the meeting was held behind closed doors. Part of the information is not to be disclosed to public.

Alexander Lukashenko:
If someone thinks that we specifically escalate the situation within our society and the state, if someone thinks that we are specifically looking for some external enemies, they are deeply mistaken. We have just such a period of development and existence of the state when we do not need any external enemy or scapegoats. We need peace and stability. Only in this situation we can adequately develop and withstand any challenges.

The Security Council of Belarus discussed measures to prevent threats, primarily military ones. The Ministry of Defense reported to the President on the situation in the country and the world.

Andrei Ravkov, Defense Minister of the Republic of Belarus:

The President heard a number of officials responsible for implementing the plan. He listened very carefully and set a number of tasks. 

According to the results of the meeting, Alexander Lukashenko, as Commander in Chief of the Belarusian Armed Forces, adopted several important documents. The President signed a resolution and a directive on state defense. If necessary, the plan can be adjusted, but the basis has been formed.