MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – Belarus will deploy more patrol units on the border with Ukraine, both at checkpoints and on the green border, official representative of the Belarusian State Border Committee Anton Bychkovsky told BelTA.
The interaction between the Belarusian border service authorities and their Ukrainian colleagues is maintained at the level of the heads of the border agencies. There is also interaction between the heads of the territorial authorities of the border service on the jointly protected sections of the border, and also the commanders of the border units.
“The Pinsk-Zhitomir contact point, which is part of the integrated border management system, is used to intensify cooperation on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. It is equipped with state-of-the-art communication tools for rapid exchange of information. This allows for a rapid pinpoint response to emerging threats in order to ensure border security. This contact point accumulates information from all territorial authorities of the border service guarding the Belarusian-Ukrainian border,” Anton Bychkovsky said.
The approach to strengthening the border control regime will be integrated First of all, this implies additional measures to control visitation and stay of citizens in the border zone. The heads of the border agencies have already agrreeed to step up checks at checkpoints across the border: the monitoring of persons and inspection of vehicles entering Belarus will be strengthened. In general, the number of border outfits will be increased in the Ukrainian direction both at checkpoints and on the green border
As it has been reported, a group of fighters of a Russian private military company was arrested near Minsk on 29 July. On 30 July, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that taking into account the confirmed information on the participation of a number of detainees in the combat action in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, the Ukrainian origin and Ukrainian citizenship of some of them, the acting head of the Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus was asked to provide the relevant information for a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the reasons for their presence in Belarus.
“Taking into account this alarming fact, as well as the ongoing election campaign in Belarus, an agreement has been reached with the Ukrainian side to intensify cooperation between border agencies and strengthen the border control in order to prevent destabilization of the situation in both countries,” the ministry said.