MINSK, 25 July (BelTA) – Employees of the State Inspectorate for Protection of Flora and Fauna under the President of the Republic of Belarus are authorized to use arms, physical force and special means if needed, Yuri Tertel, the head of the inspectorate, told reporters, BelTA has learned.
“Our unit is armed. In line with the president's instruction, each of our employees was given a handgun and a rifle. We amended the training program for our employees. Accordingly, the decrees adopted by the president in 2019-2020 legalized the use of weapons, physical force and special means,” Yuri Tertel said.
A reminder, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told Yuri Tertel at the 25 July meeting that employees of the State Inspectorate for the Protection of Fauna and Flora must be ready to take up arms to defend the country. Similar instructions had been given to the Emergencies Ministry earlier.
“It is not because there is some kind of an emergency, but we are all men and we must be prepared for it. You have to learn how to lead this army. Exercises need to be held on a regular basis. We need to have trained people. We need to learn the lesson from the experience of Ukraine, where they grabbed unprepared people (the country had been ruined there even before this operation began) and sent them to the front. As soon as they reached the area of military operations, they were gone. They were not ready to carry weapons, let alone to fight. Therefore, we need to prepare our society to defend the Fatherland,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.