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31 January 2024, 10:01

New military doctrine outlines Belarus’ allied commitments

MINSK, 31 January (BelTA) – Belarus’ new military doctrine outlines the country’s allied commitments, Dmitry Ryabikhin, the deputy head of the International Military Cooperation Department of the Defense Ministry of Belarus, said in a new episode of BelTA’s The Nation Speaks project.

“One of the sections of the new military doctrine is devoted to the country’s allied commitments. Our allies are, among others, Russia and the countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. In general, we are talking about the system of collective security, the use of such mechanisms as the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces and peacekeeping forces. We already have examples of their use,” Dmitry Ryabikhin said.

According to him, this section focuses on cooperation within the CIS, and also mentions the SCO, although Belarus is not yet its full member. “It should be noted that we are talking specifically about military cooperation. Since 2018 Belarus has been constantly participating in the SCO Defense Ministers meetings and taking part in the meetings of expert and working groups which consist of specialists from various fields. This is despite the fact that we still have only an observer status. Last year, however, a law was signed on Belarus' accession to all agreements, including military ones, within the framework of this organization,” Dmitry Ryabikhin said.
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