MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) - We see an urgent need for compliance with arms control agreements, Major-General Oleg Voinov, Chief of the International Military Cooperation Department of the Belarusian Defense Ministry, Defense Minister Aide for International Military Cooperation told the media, BelTA has learned.
“We see an extremely urgent need to comply with the arms control agreements and first of all in respect to the neighboring states. In fact, there are no other options for cooperation,” said Oleg Voinov.
According to him, it is noteworthy that NATO also understands that the window for dialogue should be preserved. “Despite the winding down of practical cooperation activities with the Republic of Belarus, the alliance has declared the possibility of maintaining interaction on issues related to arms control, confidence-building measures and security. Thus, all sides are aware of the necessity to maintain the dialogue. However, it has turned out that not all NATO member countries are ready to go beyond the statements formulated by the leadership of this military and political alliance,” Oleg Voinov said.
Invitations to take part in the briefing held by the Defense Ministry were sent to members of the Minsk Association of Military Attaches, as well as military attachйs of European states based in Moscow and Kyiv with concurrent accreditation with the Defense Ministry of the Republic of Belarus. During the briefing, the foreign military attaches were provided with up-to-date and objective information on the state of the military and political situation in the region with a focus on unfriendly moves of individual countries against Belarus. The briefing discussed the ongoing military buildup in the areas bordering the Republic of Belarus, as well as the suspension of collaboration with individual countries in the field of confidence- and security-building in the region.