GRODNO OBLAST, 4 November (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko told reporters on 4 November that one should not talk about money when it comes to security, BelTA has learnt.
Talking about expenses on security and defense, the head of state said, “I am the President and I will make decisions on spending”. Alexander Lukashenko underlined that Belarus does not spend recklessly on defense, and the money earmarked for military exercises is not that big.
Commenting on the allegations that Belarus is trying to flex its muscles in front of Nato and other powers, Alexander Lukashenko noted that Nato has a high opinion of the Belarusian Armed Forces. “If our potential rival (not enemy, not adversary, but rival) has a high opinion of us, this is very dear. And this level must be maintained. We do not threaten anyone,” stressed the President.
“We have created the territorial units. This is cheaper than to have a professional army, and we will be training our people. In a year they will make perfect troops,” the head of state said. They are ordinary people who have civil professions and jobs. These troops are deployed only in wartime. In peacetime, they train.
The head of state also added that representatives of business will be actively involved in the territorial units.
"They must protect their own property, in addition to the family and land. These people are very well-trained, among them there are a lot of military people,” Alexander Lukashenko said.