Lukashenko convenes Security Council to discuss national security

Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus

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# 31 August 2023 14:14 (UTC +04:00)

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has convened the Security Council, APA reports citing BelTA.

A number of matters concerning efforts to ensure Belarus' national security are on the agenda.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Due to the tense situation in the world and directly at our borders, due to the sanctions-fuelled pressure we cannot be absolutely calm and confident in tomorrow. NATO countries persistently pursue an expansionist policy, build up military presence around Belarus, and constantly stage provocative exercises at our borders in addition to taking other actions.”

The president went on saying: “They justify their actions by some threats that allegedly originate from Belarus' territory. The leaders of Poland and the Baltic states accuse Belarus of some mythic aggressive intensions that we've never had and cannot have.”

The president noted that the leadership of Poland and the Baltic countries are whipping up hysteria over the deployment of PMC Wagner members on the territory of Belarus. “They went as far as to demand their immediate withdrawal from Belarus. At the same time, they themselves are increasing military budgets, amassing large military formations at our border,” he noted.

In order to rule out any insinuations, Belarus has invited Poland's representatives to observe the Collective Security Treaty Organization exercise Combat Brotherhood 2023, which will begin in Brest Oblast on 1 September.

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