Mr. Lukashenko primarily asked the heads of the defence and law enforcement agencies about the general situation in the Armed Forces. Judging by the reports, it’s at a worthy level, with the moral and psychological spirit of officers strong. Meanwhile, out-flow of personnel has almost stopped, especially among young officers. Interest towards joining the professional army is evidently growing, looking at enrolment at military educational establishments.
Last year, some specialities lacked alumni, requiring additional stimulation measures. Now, there’s no longer need, as the prestige of the army service is high. The military have plenty of examples of courage and dignity, as was shown particularly at the recent International Army Games in Russia, which definitely suits young boys.
The meeting also paid attention to the performances of our national team, which was ranked third among 17 countries at a recent tournament, despite having only two months of preparation. Of course, the army should be in constant combat readiness, being able to fulfil its tasks perfectly at any moment. Nevertheless, preparations for other, similar events have been discussed, with certain decisions adopted.
The President was also keen to hear how his instructions are being fulfilled regarding the reinforcement of our southern borders. Mr. Lukashenko explained, “We aren’t hiding the fact that we must strengthen our southern borders, but not because we fear the Ukrainians or an assault by anyone. We’d like to prevent anything detrimental to Belarus, such as entry of weaponry from due to Ukrainian events. This concern should always be on our minds. It’s a matter we must tackle, as no one else will do the job for us.”
The Commander-in-Chief’s instructions are being fulfilled, using the reserves of the State Border Committee and other state funds.
Work is also underway to modernise hardware, re-arming the forces with new planes and helicopters, while rocket equipment is being repaired and upgraded. Those responsible for the country’s defensive capacity are true professionals, aiming to guarantee the maintenance of peace and stability in our country.
By Vladimir Khromov