Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with KGB Chairman Valery Vakulchik to receive his report

    President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report from State Security Committee (KGB) Chairman Valery Vakulchik on 21 February.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked he was intent on discussing the situation inside and outside the country as of the beginning of the year.

    “I am not going to conceal the fact that naturally we are tracking the situation on the main directions of our foreign policy efforts. What are the trends in relations with Western countries, primarily the European Union and the United States of America? I have recently noticed the interest of Western countries in establishing constructive relations with us not only from internal sources, but also mass media. Do you think any concrete shifts have happened? What is going on?” the head of state said.

    The President underlined that there is an entire set of foreign policy matters that require attention this year. “The beginning of the new year, the beginning of new intents and tendencies regarding our country. I would like to hear from you what it implies after we have analyzed and assessed the situation around Belarus,” the head of state noted.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that it was an annual planned report of the KGB Chairman.

    “I would like to state right away that people will hear me today and may think that something is wrong in the country. But naturally it is not so. Every year the Chairman of the State Security Committee, the State Secretary inform me about the situation and about what, from their point of view, we should pay attention to while shaping our foreign policy line and the domestic policy. What the population is concerned about, what possible threats there are, although all in all I do not see such trends inside Belarus,” the President said.

    “Certainly, we do not intend to dramatize the situation, but as I have told the military, we have to keep our powder dry in order to counteract negative trends that emerge inside and outside our country,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.