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22 Feb 2019

Myasnikovich: Belarus achieves a lot in building up military security

Myasnikovich: Belarus achieves a lot in building up military security

MINSK, 22 February (BelTA) – Since Belarus became a sovereign state, it has made considerable progress in building up its military security, Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich said as he attended solemn events timed to the Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces Day of Belarus at the 120th Independent Guards Mechanized Brigade of the Belarusian Armed Forces, BelTA has learned.

“Over the years of sovereignty Belarus has achieved great results in building up its military security. We have a strong army, efficient Armed Forces; our troops receive the latest in equipment and armaments. Other important priorities are promoting patriotism and selfless service to the Motherland among the entire military and paramilitary personnel. Continuity of traditions is viewed as a way to further increase the defense capacity of our state,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

He noted that national values are sacred to Belarusians. “Our people are bound by the common goal to build a strong state. Today Belarus is an accomplished independent and sovereign European state. Our Armed Forces, the legal successors of the Belarusian Military District, have preserved the best traditions of the Soviet Army, the traditions of the victorious generation. The 120th Independent Guards Mechanized Brigade was established 77 years ago. During the Great Patriotic War, eight members of this brigade were honored with the Hero of the Soviet Union title, the country’s highest award. Five brigade members became Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory; 11,000 military men were awarded with various orders and medals. The brigade went a long way from Stalingrad to the Elbe River,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

He added that the National Assembly and the 120th Independent Guards Mechanized Brigade have plans to sign a cooperation plan. “This will allow the lawmakers to be better informed about the state of things in the Armed Forces, to provide moral support to young military men, officers who devoted themselves to serving the Fatherland. I think it is a good project,” he added.

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