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24 May 2023, 15:51

Volfovich attends high-level meeting on security

Aleksandr Volfovich
Aleksandr Volfovich

MOSCOW, 24 May (BelTA) – State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Aleksandr Volfovich spoke about the situation around Belarus at the international meeting of high-level representatives overseeing security issues in Moscow Oblast on 23-25 May, BelTA has learned.

“Our report was focused on the internal situation in Belarus. Of course, we touched upon the challenges and risks that Belarus faces on the external perimeter. The things that are happening around Belarus today cannot but alarm us: militarization is taking great strides, especially in Poland, and the Baltic States are also not lagging behind. American supervisors are behind this,” Aleksandr Volfovich told the media on the sidelines of the event, which was attended by delegations from more than 100 countries.

According to the state secretary, Poland has brought its military expenditures up to 4% of the GDP, has formed new units, and is modernizing military infrastructure. Military groups are concentrated near the borders of Belarus, a lot of military exercises are held. “All this cannot but alarm us. Therefore, the Belarusian leadership has drawn appropriate conclusions and is taking appropriate steps together with Russia to ensure security. Exercises and inspections have shown that the system of training and maintenance of the Armed Forces that we have today is capable. There are, of course, certain things that need to be corrected, but that is what the exercises are for. In general, we are ready to neutralize possible challenges and threats, and this was discussed at the high-level meeting,” Aleksandr Volfovich stressed.

In his words, the meeting participants also noted that a common threat to all is attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states that pursue independent policies that protect their national interests, identity and historical truth. “Representatives from different countries talked about how they saw this being countered,” the state secretary said.

“It is great that after a three-year hiatus, such a high-level international meeting of representatives who oversee security issues is taking place in Moscow Oblast. The relevance of this event is obvious, since the global geopolitical situation is exacerbated to the limit and the trends, unfortunately, are not comforting. To normalize the situation, dialogue and such conferences are necessary in the first place. It brought together 112 delegations and it speaks about the interest in peace and security,” Aleksandr Volfovich emphasized.

According to him, the meeting participants discussed the most pressing issues of international and regional security, touched upon global food security, including in the context of the fact that other states suffer because of the illegal Western sanctions against Belarusian fertilizers. The agenda of the meeting included information security, the fight against drug trafficking and international terrorism. “We also touched upon security issues in the European region in the light of the special military operation in Ukraine. All come to the general conclusion that we need to sit down at the negotiating table, find ways out and prevent this crisis, which affects the whole of Europe. Behind this, however, are the Americans, who do not want the crisis to be stopped, for the special military operation to come to a logical conclusion. Therefore, the United States are pushing Europe, and Ukraine is acting as a buffer in this situation. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian authorities do not want to draw conclusions and follow the path of a peaceful settlement,” Aleksandr Volfovich said.

He added that apart from the general activities, the Belarusian delegation would also have a number of bilateral meetings, including meetings with delegations of China and India which is currently presiding in the SCO. Belarus is currently in talks on the accession to this organization.

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