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Belarus President approves resolution on state border protection in 2018

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MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Belarus President approves resolution on state border protection in 2018

22 January 2018

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave
instructions to improve the system of response to the challenges and threats to
the border security of Belarus and to revise the forms of further development
of the border protection agency. He made the statement at the session held on
22 January to approve the resolution on the protection of the state border in
2018.
“Border security and the situation at the Belarusian
border are the major priorities of the Belarusian national policy. First of
all, it is connected with the international situation around Belarus,” the head
of state stressed.
“You know what is going on in the European Union. You
are aware of the situation at our eastern border which we recently discussed as
we reviewed our visa issues with the Russian Federation. The southern border
with Ukraine is under the influence of the processes that are happening, first
of all, in Ukraine,” the President said. “As for the Baltic direction, we’ve
also heard the rhetoric in those countries who describe us together with Russia
almost as aggressors. There are many problems. Although these are not absolutely
pressing problems requiring extraordinary response. But we must keep our powder
dry and do our best to protect our borders just like we have been doing
before.”
According to the President, the system of response to
the challenges and threats to border security will be improved in Belarus; the
forms of further development of the border protection agency will be revised.
“The situation at the border will hardly improve significantly in the neat
future. Therefore, we need to step up efforts to modernize our border
infrastructure, create normal conditions for border service, build border
outposts, apply cutting-edge technologies in border protection,” the President
instructed.
“We have made much progress in optimization. We have
reduced the number of auxiliary functions and jobs, and shifted the center of
gravity on the border,” he added.

The President said that Belarus is an island of
security on the Eurasian continent. “We spend a lot on protecting the state
border. Today Belarus is an island of security on the Eurasian continent. We
spend handsome amounts of money on preventing all kinds of migrants, bandits,
charlatans, and criminal groups from reaching Europe and going back to the
East. We perform an important international function,” the Belarusian leader
stressed.
“But frankly speaking, the international community,
particularly Europeans, and Russians at that, could make a more vigorous
financial contribution to our efforts to fight all kinds of trespassers,” added
the head of state.
Alexander Lukashenko reminded that upon his
instructions the State Secretariat of the Security Council examined the
operation of the Belarusian border service last year. Alexander Lukashenko
wondered how the previously given instructions were being fulfilled. “I would
like the chairman of the State Border Committee to tell me about the situation
at the border and results achieved in 2017. Considering those, what corrections
are you going to introduce to the border protection routine?” asked the President.

After hearing out the reports the head of state
approved this year’s state border security guidelines. The resolution on the
protection of the state border was adopted in light of the new elements of the
recent situation. It included the strengthening of the protection of the
external border of the EU by the neighboring countries in connection with the
continuing migration crisis, and also the increasing terrorist threat in the
countries of Western Europe, and the high risk of weapons, ammunition,
explosives and other means of terror being smuggled to Belarus.
According to the resolution, the priorities of the
border service bodies include the prevention of illegal penetration of
terrorists, extremists and also means of terror, extremist or other criminal
activity into Belarus; prevention of illegal movement of smuggled cargoes and
other goods across the border; the fight against illegal migration and drug
trafficking; the improvement of infrastructure at the border and in the
frontier territories.
To address the above-mentioned challenges, the
measures will be taken, together with customs border, to improve the border
crossing procedures for individuals and vehicles, to enhance the system of
monitoring the situation, to implement new technologies.
The document also takes account of the changes in the
structure of territorial units of the border protection service associated with
the deployment of new units on the border with Ukrainian and Baltic states.

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