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16 Feb 2016

Belarus attends OSCE High-Level Military Doctrine Seminar

MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – Belarus is attending the OSCE High-Level Military Doctrine Seminar in Vienna on 16-17 February, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Austria, Belarus’ permanent representative in the OSCE Valery Voronetsky, who is taking part in the event, told BelTA.

The Belarusian delegation has also comprised Deputy Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus Pavel Muraveiko, representatives of the Defense Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Belarus’ permanent delegation in the OSCE. Attending the event are representatives of the Defense Ministries and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the OSCE member states, other government security and defense institutions, as well as regional security organizations and experts.

The seminar discusses the issues such the assessment of major present security risks; changing forms of conflict; the analysis of the military, technical, economic and environmental factors and the impact on the security policy. The participants of the meeting also review current national military doctrines, implications of doctrinal changes for armed forces and security and defense policy including arms control and confidence and security-building measures. Besides, the focus will be on future challenges and areas of activity for the OSCE.

The event is held in accordance with Chapter II of the Vienna Document 2011 which encourages participating states to periodically hold such a seminar. The event allows for dialogue and exchanging views among military representatives with the aim to foster greater mutual understanding, building of trust and confidence in the OSCE zone. The previous OSCE military doctrine seminars were held in 1990, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

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