Aleksandr Lukashenko makes new appointments

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Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko made new appointment in the state security system on 18 October.

“I want to emphasize that the situation remains tense, and we should not be complacent. You know better than anybody that the failed coup attempt did not change the plans of the opponents. The collective West continues to interfere in the domestic affairs of the country. They seek to change the government, and, what is the most dangerous thing for us, to destroy the independence of our state. We must remember that. All of us and especially you must realize and feel it every day, every hour,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

“They use sanctions, finance protests, extremism, terrorism. Militants are selected and trained. We not only know it, we work with it,” the Belarusian leader said.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, in modern conditions KGB workers need to maintain stable social and political environment, protect the country from external destructive pressure.

“The main objectives for you are to step up the fight against terrorism and extremism, to prevent anti-constitutional violations. The control over the situation at enterprises and government bodies is of paramount importance. Corresponding institutions have been established for that,” the head of state said.

Addressing the officers and generals attending the meeting, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that the Belarusian security service has made an important contribution to the protection of the country and people from large-scale external and internal threats.

"Political emigrant centers in Warsaw and Vilnius, set up under the control of special services, are encouraging radicals to use intimidation tactics against public figures and government officials, representatives of the media and law enforcement agencies and now even the judiciary," the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said that they are planning acts of sabotage at the facilities of the defense complex, economy and life support. "Foreign special services and their accomplices are studying the situation at enterprises looking to inspire strikes," the Belarusian leader noted.

“The period of the constitutional referendum is being considered as one of possible dates for another attempt to start a revolution (day X, as they think),” the Belarusian leader said.

He noted that they are using modern information technologies tested in other countries and waging a psychological war to shape a negative image of the government among the public. “These methods of influence are aimed to convince government officials and security employees that they have no public support, to raise doubts about the country’s policies,” the President said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko disclosed some information exposing the true actions of Poland and Lithuania in the migration crisis. "One of the key hybrid threats today is the difficult situation on our state border. Poland and Lithuania are purposefully accusing Belarus of allegedly creating a migration crisis. At the same time, they are conducting special operations to create channels to send migrants from places of detention in their territories to Germany and France, massively and cynically violating human rights," the head of state said.

"I am disclosing this information so that Germany, together with France, the UK and other countries, finally wakes up and sees what is happening to migrants in Poland and Lithuania," the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that Poland and Lithuania declare that migrants are held in so-called camps. “But in fact, these centers are transit points. They deliberately release these people from the camps, knowing that their final destination is not Poland or Lithuania. Nor Belarus. They have reached this point and want to go further. They are bound for Germany, ‘warmer’ countries, as they say. Understanding this, Poles and Lithuanians are gradually letting them out of the camps. The Germans are already detaining thousands of them on their territory. We have this information. We have cross-checked it through several sources. It is true,” said the President.

“Let them first figure out who is directing these migrants to Germany and France. According to our data, people are dying there. The number of fatalities is several times bigger than that announced by Polish and Lithuanian politicians. Despite the vaunted European freedom of speech, the media are not allowed to access the information about the real situation,” the head of state added.

The KGB should raise the efficiency of the foreign intelligence service, the President said. “Increasing the efficiency of the foreign intelligence service will boost the capacity of the KGB. The service needs to be transformed into a unit capable of addressing strategic tasks; it is necessary to enhance its offensive nature, to build up the capacity of secret intelligence and other methods and forms that you know about,” the head of state said.

According to him, identifying and suppressing attempts of foreign special services to get access to classified information of government bodies and enterprises remain a priority task.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that it is vital to keep up with opponents and expand the use of modern technologies in operational activities, increase the efficiency of the KGB technical unit, radio-electronic intelligence, and boost scientific potential.

“It is necessary to step up efforts to protect the information space, apply new technological methods of counteraction, promote the proactive information policy of our mass media,” the Belarusian leader said.