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Alexander Lukashenko approves new plan of engagement for regional military of Belarus and Russia

Taking into account real situation

Alexander Lukashenko approves new plan of engagement for regional military of Belarus and Russia, for consideration of Supreme State Council of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, to run for next five years, as presented to Head of State by Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov

The new five-year plan needs to be approved by a session of the Supreme State Council, to be presided over by the Belarusian President. The plan’s approval will be one of the key items on the session’s agenda, and is expected to come into force in January 2016.

Mr. Lukashenko asked how new trends and changes in the situation around Belarus are being taken into account. According to the Head of State, the issue should be looked at, bearing in mind mutual relations in the post-Soviet space, where three major integration associations exist (the CIS, the EAEU, and the Union State of Belarus and Russia).

The evolution of the situation in neighbouring countries should be borne in mind as well. “Everybody knows what’s happening in Ukraine,” stresses Mr. Lukashenko. “We cannot but take it into account.” He added that Belarus must take into account the situation in Ukraine, the flow of illegal migrants, weapons and so on.

The Head of State also drew attention to activity near Belarus’ western borders, where NATO forces are being reinforced. In particular, he mentioned the air force and ground forces. “We’re aware of that, too. We know about the expansion of the USA’s antimissile defence system in the West. We know about certain designs concerning nuclear weapons. We’ll have to bear all these factors in mind,” notes the President.

Plans take into account changes in the external situation as much as possible. Meanwhile, Mr. Lukashenko has been hearing how Belarus’ interests and approaches are being represented within the organisation, and details on the development and application of the regional army group. The President has also heard about changes Russia would like to see implemented into the new plan.

By Vladimir Molokhov
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