Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with State Border Committee Chairman Alexander Boyechko

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On 2 April President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report from Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus Alexander Boyechko.

The head of state remarked that the situation in the border service had been discussed a while before. The press service of the head of state quoted Aleksandr Lukashenko as saying: “Frankly speaking, I cannot say today that the state of affairs is changing drastically for the better. There are a lot of problems. I would like to once again discuss these problems today and make the relevant decision if necessary,” said the President.

Yet Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded that many matters were discussed when the concept for guarding the state border was approved and the tasks the border service will have to accomplish this year were formulated.

“But there are acute issues that we should talk about. I would like to warn everyone and particularly the head of the border service that the problems, the drawbacks that today’s decisions will address must not be repeated,” the President made it clear.

“I am concerned that we are too loyal at the border these days. Moreover, sometimes trespassers cross the state border with impunity and not because we fail to see them. We see them but are very loyal about it,” remarked the head of state.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, it is also inadmissible because in conditions of the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia the Belarusian border is also the border of these countries, too. “We cannot justify our failures by saying that we guard our border, our area of responsibility as good as they guard theirs. We should not aim for the worse. The border must be secured,” underlined the President.

Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus Alexander Boyechko informed the President about the measures the border service is taking to improve its performance and the immediate measures taken after violations of the state borders were detected directly at border checkpoints.

The President outlined strategic areas of development of the border service. The head of state gave instructions to work out programs that will primarily focus on the development of the technological component and the establishment of an integrated system to protect the state border, and instructions to complete the development of the border infrastructure. The work will be done by the border service in cooperation with the government.