MINSK, 30 August (BelTA) – Defense, security, law enforcement agencies of Belarus should be constantly ready. Deputy State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Vladimir Archakov made the statement on the air of the Belarusian TV channel ONT, BelTA has learned.
Speaking about events in Afghanistan, the official noted that such social crises are always accompanied by manifestations of international terrorism, an increase in transboundary and transnational crimes. “If a new wave of drugs, weapons, and illegal migrants heads for Europe, it will directly affect us. We have to assume that the entire American shenanigans with Afghanistan are a carefully planned operation that spans many years. And it is not designed to support the previous government or someone else. It is designed purely to worsen conflicts and problems in this region,” Vladimir Archakov is convinced.
Vladimir Archakov went on saying: “The USA and the West are interested in getting Russia and its allies stuck in the swamp of such lingering conflicts to prevent them from interfering with world domination. Events that happened around Belarus last year vividly confirm it. A drastic increase in the USA's military presence in the direct proximity to Belarus' borders began right away. Now an American contingent of about 4,000 people is deployed in Poland. An agreement was signed last year to increase it by 1,000 people and to build infrastructure for deploying 20,000 American military personnel. By all appearances the USA intends to stay in Poland for a long time.”
The deputy state secretary of the Security Council of Belarus also offered his take on the policy pursued by the Baltic states. “These countries live in a world of their own myths. For instance, they view our fugitives as some capable and politically significant figures. They believe they can live without trade and economic relations with Belarus, without transit although they have no revenue-generating economies of their own. They believe they didn't need the Ignalina nuclear power plant. Absolutely unreasonable actions of political leaders of Baltic states stem from these myths. In the current geopolitical situation the Baltic states should act as peacemakers in our region instead of calling for sanctions and building up military tensions,” he remarked.
Asked what measures the Belarusian defense, security, and law enforcement agencies should take to safeguard their country and people, Vladimir Archakov said: “First of all, they need to always be ready for any complications of the situation. It primarily affects the Armed Forces, security agencies, and the entire law enforcement block. Essentially they have never been relaxed and it produces positive results. Nevertheless, it is necessary to reinforce them although we certainly continue hoping it will only be a warning measure.”
The official went on saying: “Apart from that, we should not hesitate to improve the legislation meant to protect sovereignty even if it seems to someone that it is getting tougher. We cannot recklessly trust the West, which once again demonstrates its absolute unpreparedness and unwillingness to see us as equals and will continue trying to deceive us. We should continue more intensively building our allied relations with Russia, the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states, China, Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries. We have to protect sovereignty not only continuously, that is in calm times but by all means – political, economic, intellectual, and spiritual ones since the situation in the world is unlikely to change for the better any time soon. We have to live in this situation, grow and build our country.”