MINSK, 16 January (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to stop any provocation and terrorist threat no matter where it comes from, First Deputy State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Pavel Muraveiko said on the air of the STV TV channel commenting on possible provocations by Ukraine, BelTA informs.
“We are ready to respond to any provocative actions on the part of Ukraine,” Pavel Muraveiko said. “Indeed, it's not very calm on our southern border right now. Yet, as the head of state demands, we show restraint and patience, we keep gunpowder dry, we have the necessary forces and means to be able to respond to any manifestations of aggressiveness or a terrorist threat on our territory,” he said.
The first deputy chief of the Security Council recalled that at the end of last year, the country's counter-terrorism system was tested. “It was a fairly large-scale event that involved all uniformed agencies. It was held at a high level. The commanders of all units have a clear understanding of their tasks and their responsibility for the security of the country and the protection of those communications that could be targeted, they have clear algorithms of actions. The soldiers are ready to practice certain responses to bring them to automatism,” he emphasized.
“We see all the actions, including inappropriate ones, when these odd formations formed on the territory of Ukraine fire at our border, provoke us in every possible way. We see everything, we record everything. Border services maintain a dialogue but, unfortunately, it does not always give positive results. We also discussed military matters, but, unfortunately, this is to no avail, either. Today we are ready to prevent any provocation and any terrorist threat, no matter where it comes from, which can cause damage to our state, our nation, our people,” Pavel Muraveiko added.