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16 Feb 2016

Belarus, Russia to adopt new Union State’s Military Doctrine

MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia will adopt a new Military Doctrine of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, BelTA learned from Zygmund Valevach, member of the National Security Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, on 16 February.

The MP said: “Last year’s Russian Military Doctrine and the Belarusian doctrine for 2016 will be used to create and discuss a new Military Doctrine of the Union State.”

The parliamentarian reminded that the previous Union State doctrine was adopted in 2011 on the basis of the relevant documents of Belarus and Russia. “It’s been 14 years since then. In this time the Russian Federation adopted the Military Doctrine in 2010 and in 2015. Now a new doctrine is emerging in Belarus,” added Zygmund Valevach.

The MP remarked that it is important to adopt the Union State Military Doctrine because the regional military group of Belarus and Russia exists now. “We cannot but talk about the united air defense system. We cannot but rely on the Collective Security Treaty,” stressed the MP.

The diplomat pointed out that new countries have joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. For instance, Montenegro joined NATO a short time ago. The inclusion of other Balkan nations will be considered soon. It is possible that Georgia and Moldova may join NATO as well.

“We are not threatening anyone. The new Military Doctrine [of Belarus] is a defensive one just like the previous document. But we should be ready to carry out our missions. We should be able to ensure the security of our country if necessary,” said Zygmund Valevach.

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