MINSK, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko highlighted the importance of creating new types of Belarus-made weapons and modernizing the existing military equipment, the presidential press service said Friday.
Visiting the training ground in the Brest region in the southwestern corner of Belarus, Lukashenko said that in recent years, Belarus had to modernize and adapt its armed forces to modern conditions several times, taking into account the experience of wars and local conflicts in the world, as well as the development of technical means.
He said it is the fourth attempt to upgrade the Belarusian armed forces.
According to Lukashenko, Belarus first cut its armed forces to about 100,000 people and stopped the sale of the remaining weapons from the USSR, the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Then, Belarus launched research groups to study modern warfare. At the third stage, Belarus set up special operational forces.
In light of the current situation, one task is to proceed with the development of new types of weapons necessary for the defense of Belarus, the president said.