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25 April 2024, 10:55

Shpakovsky: Belarus threatens no one, capable of defending itself

MINSK, 25 April (BelTA) - Belarus does not threaten anyone but it is capable of defending itself if necessary, Aleksandr Shpakovsky, Minister Counselor of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia, MP of the House of Representatives told the media on the sidelines of the 7th Belarusian People's Congress, BelTA has learned.

“It is quite obvious that taking into account the international situation, Belarus needs some revision of the fundamental documents in national security. First of all, we are talking about the Military Doctrine and the National Security Concept of the Republic of Belarus. It should be noted that work on these documents has been carried out in recent years. At the present stage, the nature of risks, threats and challenges for our country has changed. We notice the escalation of military and political tension along the perimeter of the Belarusian borders. Unfortunately, the situation has not gotten better,” Aleksandr Shpakovsky said. “We see the desire of certain actors representing Western countries to increase their military presence near the Belarusian borders. We witness dangerous experiments in the military-biological activities.

It is necessary to adapt the national legislation so that we would be ready to ensure the security of our state, to protect peace and order on the Belarusian land, the expert said. “Belarus’ peace-loving policy is fixed in the Constitution, which reflects the nature of our approaches in this area: both in the military and nuclear energy. We develop peaceful nuclear energy; we exclude aggression from our territory. We should not confuse the peaceful nature of our foreign policy with pacifism,” he emphasized. “We are in very difficult external conditions. Moreover, to put it bluntly, there are aggressive actions against Belarus: economic, political and military ones. Accordingly, it is necessary to have instruments of defense and deterrence.”

“Our Military Doctrine is based on the principle of causing unacceptable damage to the enemy. To explain it to the average person in simple words - they should be afraid of attacking us, they should be afraid of showing any aggression towards Belarus,” Aleksandr Shpakovsky added. “Importantly, Belarus is not threatening anyone. We are always ready to provide our good services and our potential to de-escalate the international situation.”
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