MINSK, 4 October (BelTA) - Belarus cannot ignore the aggressive policy of NATO and neighboring countries, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin told the media after the meeting hosted by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to discuss the country's military security in Minsk on 4 October, BelTA has learned.
Various developments and measures to respond to the evolving situation were discussed in detail during the meeting, according to the minister.
"The situation is really complicated today. A number of hostile leaders of the neighboring countries, unfortunately, have openly outlined the goals that they want to achieve by working against our country. We cannot leave this without attention,” Viktor Khrenin emphasized. “We will respond to all threats that may arise quickly, accurately and adequately. For this, we have both the forces and the means."
The defense minister said that, under the guise of an imaginary "threat from the East", NATO countries and Belarus' neighbors are not just militarizing. They are preparing for war. "They are preparing their infrastructure, their troops. We have specific data. We are monitoring the situation, we see what they are doing. Proceeding from this, we are mapping out concrete and adequate response measures," he added.