Meeting of Belarus’ Security Council

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Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has convened a meeting of the Security Council as a follow-up to the new National Security Concept adopted at the recent Belarusian People's Congress. Today the Security Council is set to consider a draft regulatory act related to the assessment of national security.

“We need to develop a criterion for assessing the state of national security. Given the importance of this document, it was decided to hold a meeting of the Security Council and consider it in this format. As you remember, the need to revise the relevant normative legal acts to develop the new National Security Concept was mentioned at the 7th Belarusian People's Congress,” the President said. “We talked that the National Security Concept is a public document. We studied it thoroughly, reviewed it at dialogue platforms, and then approved it at the Belarusian People’s Congress. This concept (which in fact contains general directions, theory) needs normative acts to concretize and regulate it.”

In fact, these documents are an integral part of the concept, but according to the established practice they are of a closed nature.

“The concept has been approved. Our national strategic interests, threats, priority areas of their neutralization, the general vision of security have been defined. Everything is very clear here. The Republic of Belarus is a peaceful country, always open for equitable dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation. We have never threatened anyone. We openly (unlike other countries) communicate our approaches to everyone. Whoever wants to hear it will hear it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.

As for the relevance of the main topic of the current meeting of the Security Council, the President said: “We have been saying that it is not enough just to enshrine certain provisions in normative legal acts. It is time to put these approaches into practice. We must have a clear picture of what is really going on inside the country and around it. Military security, economy, social welfare, policies and other sectors. We need a maximally verified and objective understanding.”