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25 January 2024, 12:11

Expert: Belarus’ new military doctrine clearly defines allies and unfriendly states

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) - The new military doctrine of Belarus has become more targeted, it clearly defines allies and unfriendly countries, Deputy Head of the Faculty of Education and Science - Head of the Education and Methodology Department of the Faculty of the General Staff of the Armed Forces at the Military Academy of Belarus Colonel Andrei Bogodel told BelTA as he was interviewed for the On Point project on BelTA’s YouTube channel.

"We were often told that we could not make up our mind on this, but this was not true. We knew exactly who our allies were. We also clearly knew where certain issues could emerge. But today we are talking about being targeted. First of all, we have defined who we consider unfriendly states or blocs. These are NATO, the United States of America, the UK, the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine," Andrei Bogodel said.

The expert clarified that the military doctrine distinguishes between the actions of politicians and the opinions of the general public in these countries. "Belarus remains open to people from other states. We have an open-door policy for people from the Baltic states and Poland. In fact, we maintained this distinction prior to the adoption of the new military doctrine," the expert said.

According to Andrei Bogodel, the new military doctrine has clearly defined Russia, the CSTO, and the CIS as Belarus' allies.

The expert added that the doctrine also declares Belarus' willingness to develop relations with countries of the Global South. Furthermore, Belarus remains receptive to possible cooperation with the OSCE, which is also important.

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