MINSK, 2 March (BelTA) – Belarusian Internal Affairs Minister Ivan Kubrakov talked to reporters and mentioned police's contribution to public order near the border, BelTA has learned.
Ivan Kubrakov said: “As for the border and particularly the area near the border, we constantly work with our colleagues from the State Border Committee of Belarus and maintain public order in the near-border territory. We have a joint regulation with the State Border Committee, according to which we detach a certain number of personnel primarily from the internal troops if necessary for the sake of guarding the border. Our military personnel serve together with the border service personnel. Our personnel have the same authority. But police departments located near the border are more involved in it. They work with the border service to keep an eye on the situation starting with the Chernobyl exclusion zone where there are plenty of abandoned villages where criminals and simple smugglers try to smuggle something or commit some violations. We work together with our colleagues in order to stay ahead of the curve.”
In his words, it is not a new task for Belarusian police. “At present we have everything necessary to provide assistance to the border service with improving law and order in the near-border territory and with protecting our borders as a whole,” the internal affairs minister stated.