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Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should maintain balance between Moscow and Kiev

Belarus has prepared a draft of a new military doctrine. It will be adopted in 2015 taking into account all global challenges and threats. Today, on October 30, the President addressed military officers, with the safeguarding of Belarus’ national security being the main topic. Alexander Lukashenko underlined that current repartition of spheres of influence in geopolitics requires special alertness.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Today we observe the same disbalance of the situation. The Soviet Union collapsed and we saw how it happened. I remember in this hall a year later after my victory in presidential elections in the 1990s I, on behalf of you, announced that we should be ready to defend our motherland, we stated the unacceptability of the violationof the norms of international law and NATO expansion to the East. We were the first to talk about it. Recently, I have said that it’s not about Belarusian dictatorship, the fact is that for 20 years we have sticked to a certain position. We have not been wiggling or grimacing like other post-Soviet countries, including the Russian Federation. We have been absolutely sincere and honest with our nation as well as our partners and opponents. Since then we have been blamed for dictatorship and attempts to revive the Soviet Union. What do we see 20 years later? We see what was predicted in the mid-1990s.This check-and-balance system is disbalanced. We don’t want a new international security system to appear as a result of a carnage, first of all because it would be a war with a use of nuclear weapons. We don’t need it just like any other nation in this world.

In addition, Alexander Lukashenko touched upon the Ukrainian crisis underlining that it’s important for Belarus to maintain the balance of relations with Moscow and Kiev. The events in Ukraine showed the importance of combat readiness to implement urgent tasks promptly.

Alexander Lukashenko:
First of all, the Ukrainian crisis cannot but affect our country. We know masterminds and real participants of the committed takeover, followed by the war. Radical nationalist groups, which strive for repartition of spheres of influence in business through the use of force, are still active and their potential has not yet been realized to the fullest. The criminality and uncontrolled spread of weapons are increasing. An obvious foreign-policy reorientation of Ukraine towards the West may lead to placing foreign military contingent on its territory. This conflict is practically the first one that influences directly Belarusian security. Within this framework, we should maintain the balance of relations with Moscow and Kiev, elaborated on diplomatic level. The active and reasonable participation of Belarus in the Ukrainian crisis settlement is appreciated and supported by the world community. And I, as the one responsible for national security, promise to do my best to maintain this position, first of all, in terms of our national interests.

The meeting of military officers of the Armed Forces took place shortly before a new academic year, which starts in the Belarusian army on December 1. The President sets a task to toughen training requirements for officers and units.

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus should maintain balance between Moscow and Kiev