MINSK, 10 May (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko supported the proposals on the state defense order for 2022, Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said answering journalists' questions following the meeting hosted by the president on 10 May to discuss Belarus' defense needs, BelTA has learned.
“The head of state has supported the proposals that we submitted,” the minister said. He emphasized that there are no plans to increase the defense budget: “The defense budget will not be revised. Additional spending will not be needed.”
According to the defense minister, the president always pays very close attention to the state of things in the Armed Forces. This also pertains to the formation of the state defense order. The meeting was no exception in this regard - every purchase planned by the Defense Ministry for the Armed Forces was discussed. According to head of state, the defense needs should be met as much as possible by domestic defense firms. “We can do a lot at home. The lion's share of the weapons that our defense complex produces - communications equipment, electronic warfare, much in rocket science - will be purchased using budgetary funds here in the country,” the defense minister informed.
A reminder, Belarus' defense needs in 2022 were discussed at a meeting hosted by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko. “Today we are to adopt a fundamental document regulating the supply of weapons, military equipment and other products for our Armed Forces. In the current situation, this matter is more relevant than ever,” the president stressed.
He noted that the events taking place in Ukraine clearly show that in order to be able to address assigned tasks, the troops should have advanced and highly effective weapons, support systems, fuel and food.