Belarus concerned about neighbours’ military build-up – Lukashenka

Belarus is concerned about some neighbouring countries’ unprecedented build-up of the military potential, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Security Council.

“For the first time since the middle of the last century, the world is one step away from the global confrontation with the most unpredictable consequences. We are very much concerned over the speculations by some countries regarding nuclear weapons, the militarization of the Eastern European region, and the unprecedented build-up of the military potential in our neighbouring countries. This pertains to both their armed forces and defense spending,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

“It has been a long time since we celebrated a New Year in such a mood of anxiety,” he stressed.

According to him, in 2017 the world failed to put an end to any of the armed conflicts; on the contrary, new hot spots appeared.

“Along with continuous armed conflicts and the armaments race demonstration other refined forms of international pressure are used in the world, e.g. various sanctions, blackmail, means of economic pressure, information operations. At the same time, international security mechanisms practically do not work,” the Belarusian leader said.

In his opinion, Belarus’ relations with its allies are of high importance.

“We managed to take a number of measures aimed at the development of the armed forces of the CSTO member states, improving their military and technical cooperation and strengthening positions in the world,” Lukashenka added.

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