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30 May 2023, 14:14

Lukashenko orders to beef up border security

MINSK, 30 May (BelTA) – It is necessary to create a concentration of forces at Belarus' border, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he appointed Head of the Grodno Border Group Konstantin Molostov as Chairman of the State Border Committee on 30 May, BelTA has learned.

“We need to come up with new approaches, to build a new system, or rather improve the existing one. We need to pay special attention to maneuver groups - they should be present in every unit. We need to concentrate forces at a certain place so that you and heads of border units or groups will be able to use them quickly to block the state border in case of any emergency or attack,” the president said.

Konstantin Molostov informed the head of state that such work is already underway.

“We need to strengthen this component. Yet, this matter should be dealt with in close collaboration with the state secretary [of the Security Council] and the Defense Ministry,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.

Speaking about former head of the State Border Committee Anatoly Lappo, the president noted that he is a very competent and intelligent person with a wealth of experience. “A true military man. After he takes some rest, we will see what role to assign to him: it can be a military or civilian position,” the head of state noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also drew Konstantin Molostov's attention to the so-called border special forces. “Find a way to reinforce them. It should be a very reliable force that you can use at any moment. I have a general idea about this unit. It performed well during the fight against illegal migration. You need to make sure that this special unit is always on standby and ready for action. But keep in mind that no more military personnel will be sent to reinforce the border troops. We need to use the forces that we have,” he said.

The president suggested exploring new approaches and forms of work. “A lot of people have performed this kind of military service. A border guard is a border guard - this is a well-trained and principled person. Therefore, you should always keep track of these people among the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the special unit in Maryina Gorka, the rapid response forces. Those who quit should be added to the list, and these are thousands of people, in addition to mobilization reserve. We should have people who will be trained by border guards. They will keep doing their civilian jobs, but you will call them up a couple of times a year in order to keep them in good shape. We need to train such people: in border troops, internal troops, special forces in the army. These are very ‘expensive' people. We invested a lot in them, so they should not be lost,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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