Report of Belarus’ Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov

    On 15 June President of the republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Belarus’ Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov to receive his report.

    The President was informed about the progress in modernizing the Belarusian army. The head of state noted that it was the third time the army had to be adjusted to conditions of modern wars and challenges. “It is unavoidable. The world is very dynamic, particularly in this regard. We cannot but take into account the experience of modern wars. Otherwise, we will create a monstrous army that will be unable to fight wars. God forbid if it happens,” stressed Aleksandr Lukashenko.

    “But we should always bear it in mind because the army exists for the sake of protecting its country. We should develop the army in a way to discourage anyone from even casting dubious glances in our direction. In other words, the Armed Forces should be strong,” noted the head of state.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko said that the Defense Ministry of Belarus should pay more attention to the development of the sport in the army. “We have almost no army sport today. We are lagging behind Russia in this area,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

    The head of state added that the army service is a special period in the life of a person when we can identify talented athletes. “We cannot look past sport in the army,” he stressed.

    Andrei Ravkov also reported on the ongoing personnel optimization in the Armed Forces. “We are constantly monitoring the situation in Ukraine and the state of affairs near our borders,” the minister said and added that it needed to pay more attention to the activities of NATO.

    The President was informed about problems regarding the army’s modernization, about regular tests of missile systems and other systems, which are being created to protect Belarus.