MINSK, 27 May (BelTA) – Militia may be created in Belarus, BelTA learned from Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin.
An annual muster dedicated to military security and state defense took place in the military training area Borisovsky on 27 May. The organization of similar musters for heads of territorial defense zones has already become a tradition, the defense minister said. They are arranged in accordance with the president's decision. It is the ninth muster this year already.
Viktor Khrenin said that during the conference held to revise the development of the Belarusian army Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave instructions to create militia in Belarus. Viktor Khrenin said: “We see that this matter is also very important. Most importantly we have people and weapons for it. Indeed, the number of people protecting our country may increase by several times. It is of great significance in the current situation. The answer to those who invade our land will be adequate.”
Viktor Khrenin mentioned the importance of territorial defense in view of the complicated military and political situation evolving around Belarus. “Territorial defense may play the decisive role in an armed conflict. Because armies win battles while nations win wars,” the defense minister said.
Viktor Khrenin noted with satisfaction that every head of a district administration or an oblast administration in Belarus pays close attention to territorial defense matters. He added that scheduled events and surprise inspections testify to that. “Scheduled musters take place in Minsk Oblast. We've held events in Lida District and Kobrin District for the sake of a surprise inspection,” he noted.
The Belarusian defense minister, the heads of the Minsk Oblast administration, the Minsk city administration, and chief enlistment officers of various oblasts and the city of Minsk took part in the muster. The purpose of the muster was to improve what the participants know about combined arms operations during modern armed conflicts and improve their weapon handling skills.