MINSK, 28 July (BelTA) – The decision to develop a reliable national security system was the right one, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with representatives of the national security departments during his visit to Military Unit No. 3214 of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 28 July, BelTA has learned.
“Visiting the 38th Air Assault Brigade, the 103rd Airborne Brigade, and the 5th Special Operations Brigade recently I saw well-equipped mobile military units that meet all present-day requirements. I am confident that the decision to develop a reliable national security system was the right one,” the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled the early 1990s, the breakup of the Soviet Union and Belarus' first steps towards sovereignty and independence. “At that time the law enforcement agencies were thoughtlessly destroyed and the military equipment was turned into scrap metal, high-class military professionals left the service and were forced to accept the lowest paid job in order to feed their families. Monetary allowance of officers who remained in the army dropped several times. The troop commander in those years earned less than $15, the regiment's commander - $35,” the president said.
“It was a very difficult period which we withstood. We made the right decisions and can say now that our national security system has been developed thanks to the efforts of our people. No one gave us anything, and we owe nothing to anyone,” the head of state said.