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29 March 2022, 14:11

Opinion: The Ukrainian crisis is becoming a regional catastrophe

Aleksandr Volfovich. An archive photo
Aleksandr Volfovich. An archive photo

MINSK, 29 March (BelTA) – The Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno is hosting an international science and practice conference on Belarus' strategic national interests in the context of modern global challenges today. The conference was organized together with the State Secretariat of the Security Council, BelTA has learned.

Participants of the conference are expected to discuss modern approaches to ensuring national interests and security of the Republic of Belarus, current challenges and threats, the use of modern hybrid technologies for manipulating the general public, and matters of biological security.

A welcome word by State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Aleksandr Volfovich reads: “The importance of the event is determined by the emergence of new risks, challenges, and threats to development and security. The unprecedented militarization of western countries continues. Polish troops are concentrating near the Belarusian border, including the Grodno section of the state border. Poland has decided to gradually increase its army strength up to 250,000 personnel and the defense budget up to 2.5% of the GDP by 2025. The Ukrainian crisis is no longer local and is becoming a regional catastrophe. Matters of biological security are acquiring particular significance taking into account the new facts of implementation of the USA's military biological programs in Ukraine that Russia has published. The pressure of sanctions and other hybrid pressure on Belarus are increasing. Negative information influence on the general public remains in place.”

According to Aleksandr Volfovich, in these complicated conditions it is of crucial importance to hear out different points of view on the protection of national interests, response to new risks, challenges, and threats in the sphere of security primarily from representatives of the scientific community. And it is also important to find ways to resolve the most acute and burning problems.

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