MINSK, January (BelTA) – It was for the first time that Belarusian border guards were on the edge in 2021, and they did great, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he approved the resolution on the protection of the state border by the border services in 2022, BelTA informs.
“Last year was a difficult year for our border services. We will still have to analyze the last year's situation in a very serious way, to assess all the positive and negative things, but my feelings (and they rarely deceive me) tell me that last year our border guards were on the edge for the first time, were tested by their truly men's job, and did great,” Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked.
The president thanked Belarusian border guards. He said that they are in combat readiness 24/7 and are always ready to promptly respond to emerging threats. “You don't have to raise the alarm for them as they are always prepared. They have always been because we don't know what can happen on the border in a minute. Therefore, our border guards are always in full combat readiness. They have always been and will always be. Good job, guys! Amid the challenges of the previous year they did great,” the head of state stressed.
According to the State Border Committee, risks and threats to Belarus' border security still exist on the Belarusian border. They are connected with illegal migration, attempts of radicalized individuals to enter the country, militarization of neighboring countries. For example, a 32,000-strong group of forces from the EU countries and Ukraine has been deployed in the vicinity to the Belarusian borders since August.
“In 2021, the number of apprehended border trespassers increased by 23%. Sixty-five individuals involved extremist activities could not continue their planned route to Belarus,” the representative of the State Border Committee said.
The Belarusian border services continues to improve the infrastructure of the border and near-border territories.