MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – We must not reduce military training in the current situation, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with State Secretary of the Belarusian Security Council Aleksandr Volfovich in Minsk on 20 September, BelTA has learned.
"The situation is very serious. I'd even say dangerous. We should not ease off on defense. We should not get intimidated. If we need to alert a military unit according to the norms of wartime, then we should do it. If we need to mobilize it and see its actual strength, then we should do it. If there is a need to inspect the capabilities of territorial defense, then we should go for it. Because we need to build a good understanding of the manpower and firepower that we have. Especially the latter one is important. Because the people's militia is in the process of formation. Therefore, we should not ignore these things and everything should be under your control," the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the Security Council, on the instruction of the president, analyzes the situation in law enforcement agencies and reports to the head of state, coordinates certain events, including specific exercises. "As a military man, the former Chief of the General Staff, you are intimately familiar with all the details. That's good. Recently we held a command and staff exercise. How did it go? I know all the positive features of these events. I was in the military for many years. Therefore, I know how they like to present everything in a positive light and hide some negative things. There were a lot of positive things, according to reports. But you must inform me of the shortcomings, the things that still require work," the head of state asked.