Belarus is to increase the number of border guards in an unprecedented step to ensure national security.
A decision was prompted by several negative factors associated with illegal migration, drug trafficking, and weapons smuggling, to name a few.
To ensure border and national security, the country is to increase the number of personnel, revive and reinforce maneuver groups, and create new border units.
Besides, separate parts of the border will be strengthened, particularly that in in the south. Recall that last year plans to strengthen security along a border with Ukraine to stop the arms traffic were made public.
The announcement caused a lot of questions and sparked discussions on both sides. Some experts expressed a belief that this may be a part of tougher Belarus’ policy towards Ukraine dictated by Moscow.
“Belarus’ border policy is aimed at strengthening the belt of good neighborliness rather than confrontation with the neighboring states,” Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday, 4 January.
The move should not affect law-abiding citizens, foreign travelers included, there were instructions to ensure a comfortable, fast and secure way of crossing the border for such individuals.
Belarus is to host 2nd European Games in Minsk from 21-30 June this year. Over 4,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete for about 200 medal sets to determine the best.
The preparations for the world-class multi-sport event is in full swing. Special corridors will appear at border checkpoints for participants and fans of the Games, as well as special traffic lanes will be set up on key routes.
Moreover, free Wi-Fi hotspots will be available at sports facilities, hotels, and the student village, plus, the sports programs will be broadcasted in nine languages.