MINSK, 23 September (BelTA) – There will be no mobilization in Belarus, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told journalists on 23 September, BelTA has learned.
According to the head of state, opponents are playing up the mobilization theme and saying that Belarus might declare mobilization modeled on the draft in Russia. “There will be no mobilization. We are not going to mobilize people. This is a lie,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
At the same time, the president emphasized that Belarus would definitely respond to possible threats and attempts to commit acts of terrorism. To this end, various exercises are conducted on a regular basis, including with the participation of the people's militia, so that people know what they should do and get the necessary military skills.
“We are conducting a different kind of drills and simultaneously, roughly speaking, announce this mobilization somewhere within a designated area. In other words, we draft those who are in the draft registration system. And they should be deployed to designated areas and they should know these areas across the length and breadth just in case something happens. Are we going to travel all over the country (there are thousands of these units) and tell them what they should defend? They should already know what they will defend. These are bridges, power supply infrastructure, enterprises. Even a bakery. These are the places they need to be familiar with and they need to be taught this,” the president said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the country has been closely studying modern military operations, adjusting the army and making it more mobile for several years already.
The head of state assured that Belarus will not join any war. “We will fight only when we have to defend our home, our land,” he stressed.