Meeting of Belarus’ Security Council
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko hosted a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the country's defense planning and further development of the Belarusian army on 19 December.
the Security Council meetings we consider key security issues,”
Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he opened the meeting. “Today we will
review the defense planning and further development of the army.”
Need to strategically plan the defense of the state
to the President, this year the General Staff spearheaded the work to
redo the defense plan of Belarus in light of the current realities of
the military, political and strategic situation. New forms and ways of
warfare used in modern armed conflicts were analyzed. The opinion of not
only the security and law enforcement agencies but also other
stakeholders was taken into account, the head of state said.
much does the new document take all things into account? How does it
differ from the current plan?” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. He asked to
pay special attention to the system of pre-emptive and retaliatory
measures in case of a growing military threat to the state.
The President recalled that the Armed Forces of Belarus were reformatted
several times on the heels of the military and political developments in
the region and the world. “We understand what wars are going on now, or
how wars will look like in the future. Based on our potential and
capabilities, we are rebuilding our Armed Forces. It is the micro-level.
Now it is time to consider what we need to do at the highest level, to
strategically plan the defense of our state. This work was carried our
throughout the year by the General Staff of the Armed Forces. We came to
the conclusion that the current plan of defense, security of our state
needed reworking and updating,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
meeting will also discuss the composition of the Armed Forces. Members
of the Security Council must determine which systems should be developed
as a priority and which weapons should be used, especially in aviation,
air defense and other sectors. “These are very expensive systems,” the
head of state said. The meeting will also talk over the financial and
economic support of the Armed Forces and defense of the country.
must take fundamental decisions on these issues to make sure the state
can maintain and equip the army, to ensure military security,” the
Conflict potential building up in different regions
about the military and political situation in the world, Aleksandr
Lukashenko noted that the conflict potential is building up in different
regions of the world. “The confrontation between the major centers of
power: the United States of America, the European Union, China and
Russia is not waning. The arms race has intensified as the architecture
of international security has eroded. Information warfare has gained
steam. We see military buildup on both sides of Belarus. The desire to
present Russia as the main threat to the West has become the dominant
policy of the North Atlantic Alliance,” the President said.
this pretext the NATO is expanding its presence in neighboring European
countries; military activity is growing. The Russian Federation is also
actively developing weapons, demonstrating increased combat
capabilities. “You can watch it all in the media. No one is hiding it
any more," he said.
The President is confident that the changes which are taking place in the
global and regional security today will shape not only relations between
the countries but also the areas for further development of the armed
forces for many years to come. “This is true not only about our army.
The things we have done before and will continue doing in the future
will be common for our neighbors, all the countries,” Aleksandr
Belarusian army is an instrument to prevent war
stays fully committed to a peaceful policy and maintains the status of a
donor of security in the region. The President named the development of
the country's own security system and military cooperation with
friendly countries, primarily within the CIS, as top priorities.
Belarusian army has never threatened anyone and is not going to do this
in the future. It is an instrument to prevent war. In case of
aggression it should be able to both repel it and cause unacceptable
damage to the enemy. The main purpose of the Armed Forces is to protect
the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the country,”
the Belarusian leader said.
Lukashenko stressed that the country’s decisions in the military sector
should be known to the society and the neighboring countries. “We
should be absolutely transparent. We should not scare our neighbors and
our society but speak openly about the situation and the measures we are
planning to implement,” the President said.
The Security Council adopted a new plan of Belarus’ defense and a concept for building and developing the Armed Forces for the period till 2030 at the session held in the Palace of Independence. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko signed the package of documents.
The national defense plan includes several documents. For a year the General Staff of the Armed Forces had analyzed them and representatives of law enforcement and security agencies had discussed them during conferences. The main documents in the package are the Decision of the Сommander-in-chief on Belarus’ defense (a graphic part and a text part) and the Directive on defending the country.