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Lukashenko: Belarusian-Russian military activity only protects national interests

President 20.09.2017 | 12:23

BORISOV, 20 September (BelTA) – Joint military activity of Belarus and Russia only protects national interests. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he inspected the troops taking part in the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercise Zapad 2017 in the Borisovsky exercise area on 20 September, BelTA has learned.

The president noted that military activities are on the rise all over the world. In these conditions Belarus works together with the brotherly country of Russia to ensure the security of the Union State of Belarus and Russia and the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the Eastern Europe region.

“We do everything to maintain the necessary military potential and take concerted measures to prevent military threats to Belarus and Russia, to improve the operation of the regional military force. At the same time the joint military activity and cooperation with Russia in arranging army exercises are not directed against third countries. They serve only to protect our national interests,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

According to the head of state, representatives of the military diplomacy corps and multiple international organizations, who were present in the final stage of the exercise, have been able to make sure of that.

“We have not threatened anyone and are not going to. Threats and wars have never originated from our lands but invaders have always been duly repelled. It is the ideological component of our army exercises. There must be no other,” stated the Belarusian leader.

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