Lukashenka slams Belarus army for ‘formalism, complacency, lack of order’

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has held a session on the full-scale inspection of the Armed Force. The Belarusian leader seems to have been displeased with a number of results.

In accordance with Lukashenka’s order, the inspection took place in February-April. Among other things, the combat readiness of on-duty units was evaluated, the mobilization of reserve personnel was tested, etc. About 2,000 reservists were drafted. has picked out the most interesting fragments of the meeting:

About results of the inspection

“I was informed about the results of the inspection. The inspection discovered numerous shortcomings. Almost all of them were purely subjective: formalism, complacency, and lack of order, which is absolutely unacceptable for us. This is not the way the armed forces should function,” the head of state said.

About rise in incidents of hazing

“I would like to know the reason. Is that really a surge in the number of so-called hazing incidents or the defense ministry and other relevant government bodies have toughened the requirements and started to take these all into account?”

About expensive weapons

“It is unacceptable when costly weapons are underutilized or come into disrepair due to the lack of professionalism of individual commanders. The goal is not just to preserve or increase the military potential of our army, but to use it rationally. It is not just about military expenditures. One of the key elements of defense capability is readiness for complete mobilization and high skills of the troops, especially officers. Without soldiers, officers, general no weapons will help any army.”

About spending on security

“We invest significant resources in the maintenance and re-equipment of the army. Troops receive new types of military technology, equipment and means of control. Belarus is not going to be drawn into an arms race, and engage in saber rattling. However, due to the current military political situation, we cannot afford different proportions of public expenditure financing. We will spend as much on our security as it is necessary.”, following

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