Lukashenka tells public not to worry about national defense

Alyaksandr Lukashenka suggested on Tuesday that the public should not worry too much about Belarus' defense capability and said that it was his direct duty as the army's commander-in-chief to ensure the country's security.

 
Alyaksandr Lukashenka suggested on Tuesday that the public should not worry too much about Belarus' defense capability and said that it was his direct duty as the army's commander-in-chief to ensure the country's security.



«The security of our citizens and our society and the country's defense capability matter most to me,» the presidential press office quoted him as saying during a visit to a newly opened ground control center for Belarus' communications satellite in the Minsk region.

Mr. Lukashenka played up the contribution made by domestic defense industry companies to boosting the country's defense capability.

He said that Belarus would start making its own missiles. «A missile is the main system for defense capability today,» he said. «This is a weapon that makes the opponent think whether or not it should poke its nose here.» He promised that Belarus would be making «weapon systems that are needed by us and are in demand in the market.»

«That's why don't you worry about our country's future, security, defense capability,» he said. «We have enough professionals who can create systems capable of fighting off any opponent. We will always defend our piece of land. We will not give away anything that belongs to us but we don’t need anything that belongs to others.»