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Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?

Should Belarus take special measures in connection with the recent attacks in Paris, Belgium, Turkey and other countries? Let's talk about this with our guests. Today in our studio are press-secretary of the State Border Committee of Belarus Alexander Tishchenko and KGB reserve Major General, now poet Ivan Yurkin.

Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":
What thoughts did information on those attacks cause?

Ivan Yurkin, KGB reserve Major-General:
it was not a big surprise for me. Why? Because today in Europe, there are more than 7 million illegal immigrants. With the arrival of illegal immigrants, there appeared groups of people who can make or recruit others for the subsequent attacks.

Yuri Koziyatko:
So for you it was an expected event?

Ivan Yurkin:
Yes. It was.

Yuri Koziyatko:
What was your thought?

Alexander Tishchenko, spokesman for the State Border Committee of Belarus: 
That such problems are getting closer and closer. And you feel the danger on your own.

Yuri Koziyatko:
It is closer to Belarus, right?

Alexander Tishchenko: 
Yes. The first impression is of course a thought about yourself, about the country, about children and families. The fact that this sense of closeness of these events is really present.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Mr Yurkin, as an officer, Major-General of the KGB, though retired, you know how the system works. There was information that there were allegedly Belarusians who were involved in the terrorist acts, the Dovbash brothers. Then it turned out that one was altogether in Gomel at the time of the attack. Why, who spreads this information?

Ivan Yurkin:
You know, this is done by those who want to discredit the policy of our state. Belarus interferes with someone conducting its own independent policy. And speaking by and large, Belarus is one of the few countries where a system of measures has been created for the protection of the state.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Is it even in this way that Belarus can be affected by terrorist activities?

Ivan Yurkin:
Yes, you know, in the same France, there are 56 nuclear boilers. And there is information that the aim of the terrorists was to blow up a nuclear power plant. And if that happens in the heart of Europe, the Chernobyl may seem just a childish prank.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Is this really a hint? After all, we are building a nuclear power plant too. We need to take protective measures for the future.

Ivan Yurkin:
Which is being done. Today we have already tightened security at the station. There is already a unit that will guard the NPP. And even those who would like to have a tour should submit documents 40 days ahead.

Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":
What about borders? You are not responsible for the NPP, right?

Alexander Tishchenko: 
In connection with the construction of the nuclear power plant we have created two new border posts, who will protect our border. Therefore, border offices cannot remain indifferent here.

Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":
Has the border regime changed after the terrorist attacks?

Alexander Tishchenko:
After the terrorist attacks we approved an algorithm in such situations. Border offices have reacted to such a situation immediately. We introduced a stronger version of the border control. 

Yuri Koziyatko:
It is known that one of the terrorists who committed the terrorist attack in Brussels was twice expelled from Turkey.  We have a black list of people, who cannot be let into Belarus. They may be disguised as a refugee. 

Alexander Tishchenko:
Persons who are involved in extremist or terrorist activities cannot be let into the country. Therefore, persons involved in terrorism always pass through the border filter.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Let's return to the main topic of our conversation. One of Russian experts in the fight against international terrorism these days said on one of the channels that Europe needs to dig trenches instead of letting everyone in.  I recently flew through the Paris airport Charles de Gaulle, where you can safely get, I mean to the airport, a person is checked only after registration. Meanwhile, at the front desk are dozens, hundreds or thousands of people. You can bring there bags or anything you want. And this is in France, which was shaken by the November attacks! But, strictly speaking, in Belarus, we don't have any control at the entrance either. Perhaps we should also somehow tighten this system?

Ivan Yurkin:
I think that control will be tightened. But I will give a simple example - Israel. If you have been to Israel, you'll notice that there one simply cannot commit a terrorist act.

Yuri Koziyatko:
But aren't they overdoing? 

Ivan Yurkin:
Absolutely right. They have advanced technical means.

Alexander Tishchenko:
There are certain questions to which even Europe has paid attention. Entrance to the airport should be guarded. But now everyone thinks more about flight safety.  
As for migration flows and migration control, I can say that it is very strict in Belarus. Lots of foreigners, on average 15,000-20,000 per year, who violate rules are identified.

Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":
Is there a reason to believe that the number of illegal migrants in Belarus may increase? The migration flow may change. Now, migrants were going through Turkey but it has closed the channel after receiving $3 billion. Then migrants will probably choose another way - through the Black Sea.

Alexander Tishchenko:
There are such views. Experts are working on this. In this case, because the situation that has developed in the EU with Turkey, it is considered that migration flows will be locked in the Balkan area. Then some experts believe that these flows will choose the Black Sea direction. In fact, it cannot be excluded. They also calculate the questions connected with African variants. There are Chad or Nigeria where oil is a determining factor. And, of course, Afghanistan and Central Asia where ISIL is increasingly gaining momentum.

Yuri Koziyatko:
If the Black Sea, then they will rush through Ukraine and then ... Or will they choose the EU instead of Belarus?

Alexander Tishchenko:
Either to Ukraine or the Caucasus. Ukraine is now actively building centers for refugees from Syria. There are about 40 centers for 150,000-200,000.

Yuri Koziyatko:
Will the situation in the south of Belarus become hot?

Alexander Tishchenko:
A sufficiently large set of measures to strengthen the border and update the equipment was carried out there. We established a new squad - Mozyr border squad. New frontier units, the new frontier, mobile units. Now comes the process of demarcation. The border is equipped in engineering terms. Borders are being equipped with new control technologies and monitoring systems. We have an integrated system of border protection. New machinery, drones and SUVs. Now we have developed a special truck Volat. In fact, we have the cutting-edge equipment on the Ukraine border.

Will Belarus be affected by terrorist attacks in Belgium?