The new version of the Military Doctrine of Belarus has been sent to the lower house of Parliament. President Alexander Lukashenko has approved the document following the January 22 meeting of the Security Council of Belarus.
The need for renewing of the doctrine was caused by changes in the military-political situation in the world, the nature of warfare and the modern trends of development of the Belarusian state.
Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
There have been changes in the challenges and threats to national security. There have changed the forms and methods of warfare. The number of armed conflicts that have flared up is no more the same. They seem to be of different nature, content, and form of doing, but at the same time they had the same kind of nature in terms of their original appearance. Both the previous doctrine and the present one are purely of defensive nature; we do not have territorial claims to anyone. Our national interests never go beyond our national borders.