A complete closed cycle for manufacturing advanced weaponry from means of mobility to means of destruction has to be created in Belarus, President Aliaksandr Lukashenka said at a government conference on September, 23.
“It is necessary to equip our army with modern, precise and effective weapons,” said the head of state. “The hardware is needed to give protection to army units, high mobility, manageability, and the ability to carry out recon mission and deliver fire strikes at long distances”.
“Weapon manufacturing differs from conventional product manufacturing. We cannot rely on buying weapon parts. We will have to create parts on our own. Even if today you strike a deal with a partner to make some kinds of weapons, keep in mind that tomorrow you may lose the partner. Nobody is going to give or sell what we need today — advanced weapons — even for a lot of money. You can see it in the example of our neighboring Ukraine,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Aliaksandr Lukashenka as saying.
“If you want peace, prepare for war,” the head of state reminded.
“We are not in danger of a war at present but the army has to be kitted out in a timely manner,” believes the Belarusian leader. “If we are ready to respond to any challenges, including similar ones, no war will happen.”