Belarus President: combating terrorism is not only special forces’ responsibility


Belarus President: combating terrorism is not only special forces’ responsibility

Combating terrorism is a task which must be fulfilled by the whole country, not the special forces alone. The conformance of external and internal policies is very important in this case. It was stated by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in the interview to the Russian journalist Radik Batyrshin.

The interview was broadcasted the interstate TV and radio company Mir. Belarus-Russia relations were discussed, the pluses of Belarus taking part in the OSCE. One Of the most important subjects of discussion was security.

The tragedy in St. Petersburg metro is still widely being discussed in Belarus and Russia. As Alexander Lukashenko emphasized, the reasons for committing a terrorist act are complex. The whole system needs to combat with them.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
This horrifying event made me think that it is wrong to combat terrorism as many do today, for instance the Russian mass media are blaming it all on the special forces. Yes, the special forces are entitled to fight and try and neutralize terrorist acts, but it is practically impossible. Whenever a person, who doesn’t value life, a suicide bomber is about to commit a terrorist act, how can you follow him? It is practically impossible. If he doesn’t enter a metro station, he’ll then be striving for his aim in other public places. Millions of people, including St. Petersburg with a population of five million plus two million guests, is it possible to follow and inspect everyone? Of course not. That is why I have come to a conclusion that combating terrorism doesn’t only concern special forces, but the whole country as well. It is a very serious and frightening event, the reason of which is in the complex.

Journalist Radik Batyrshin conducted an interview with Alexander Lukashenko five years ago. During the current interview topical issues were discussed. A lot was said about the future of integrational unions. The TV and radio company Mir covers the cooperation within the CIS. Differences within the Eurasian Economic Union were discussed as well.

As many as 130 million people had the opportunity to see the potential of this interview. This is the audience of the TV and radio company Mir. It is broadcasted in 13 countries.