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Belarus President holds meeting on national security issues

Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with the leadership of the Security Council Secretariat on July 27. It controls the entire bloc of security agencies and order not only inside the country, but also beyond its borders. Therefore, the conversation covered a wide range of topics, including the upcoming joint exercises West 2017 and II European Games, which Belarus will host two years later.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
There are topics that we simply cannot avoid. These are issues of the collective security system within the CSTO, as, you know, Belarus is currently chairing the CSTO. Belarus is always expected to be an effective chair. And we need to discuss (briefly, of course) the question of our chairmanship, our activities. And, most importantly, the apogee of our presidency is the session of collective security that will take place this autumn.
Very briefly about the drills West 2017. All the old questions (concerning NATO, our neighbors, Ukraine), everyone explained everything. The exercises are open, we have invited a huge number of observers. Come, look. The drills are defensive in nature. And we, together with the Russian Federation, will traditionally hold these exercises.
Border issues. There was an order to the State Secretariat to continue checking the Border Committee, the activities of our border services in terms of their functions. Why? The answer is simple: illegal migration, smuggling, drugs and so on. Unfortunately, the flow does not decrease, our border guards work hard in this part.

The international situation is unstable. And this means that the activity of the CSTO is more important than ever.

Among the tasks of Belarus in the CSTO is cooperation with international structures, comprehensive strengthening of the military-technical and peacekeeping capabilities of the CSTO as well as countering terrorism and drug trafficking. The organization is important for the security of the entire Eurasian continent. In autumn, these and other issues will be discussed.

Stanislav Zas, State Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Belarus:
The President was informed on preparations for the CSTO Collective Security Summit, which will be held here, in Minsk, at the end of 2017, about the preparation of the most important documents to be submitted to the heads of state.

Much is being done today to strengthen the military security of the Belarus-Russia Union State.

Already in September, West 2017 drills will gather up to 13,000 troops. The exercises will be monitored by representatives of the UN, OSCE, NATO and CSTO.

Openness is one of the main conditions, the President stressed repeatedly. It is expected that the exercises will cover the territory from the Kola Peninsula to Belarus. Seven polygons will be used.

Andrei Rusakovich, political scientist:
The concept of national security and the concept of foreign policy both have sections called "Information support". And, in my opinion, the international community as a whole has not yet reached such effective cooperation in this field. At least large states are trying to solve these issues using first of all national frameworks.

It is necessary to monitor not only the security at the borders, but also the tranquility within Belarus. In 2019, the Second European Games will be held in Minsk. Before that the Games took place in sunny Baku.

Belarus has all the necessary infrastructure for the Games. Moreover, it has relevant experience. In 2014, Minsk hosted the World Hockey Championship, in 2015 the European Championship in Rhythmic Gymnastics. It is expected that about 4,000 athletes will come to Minsk. EuroGames will be qualification for 11 of the 16 sports for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Alexander Lukashenko:
The whole Europe will come here, and not only. There will also be observers from America, Asia, and Africa. Therefore Minsk becomes the epicenter and we should seriously prepare for this.

Among the principal issues is the optimization of security agencies' staffing levels as well as discipline, stressed Alexander Lukashenko. Directive No. 1 does not lose relevance.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Probably, this is the last time we are optimizing this way at the level of the President, with a definite ideological support for this issue. We will determine staffing levels, we will determine the costs for certain directions, we will bring it into order already in 2017. In the future, the optimization issues will not disappear. But this is already the task of the heads of departments. All that they save belongs to their departments. We will simply keep them under control and spur on, stimulate the optimization of structures. The question of discipline is question number 1. This especially depends on security agencies. A person in uniform controls the situation in general. He must deal with everything. The movement of transport, the movement of people and so on. And the main thing is to render immediate assistance if a person needs it, be it in the street or somewhere in the backyard. Therefore, military patrols is a very important matter. Or the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At the crossroads, everywhere, support traffic police. And also patrols of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. When I pass through the city, I look at it and you know... I think people feel calmer when a military man is on the street. And thirdly, they should be among people. It is necessary to bear this in mind. And please control it, put it into practice.

Stanislav Zas, State Secretary of Security Council of the Republic of Belarus:
As for the security of Belarusian citizens, this issue is always on the agenda. The number of patrols on our streets will depend first of all on the situation that develops in a particular region, district, city, town or place. Therefore, we need a balanced approach.

Belarus President holds meeting on national security issues