Being able to independently produce and modernize weapons is the most important task for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko while reviewing samples of weapons and military equipment at the site in Ivatsevichy district in Belarus, the official website for the president states.
“For the president of Russia, there is no more important issue, even though they [Russia] inherited a lot from Soviet times. However, they bought their modern weapons. Now the most important goal for Russia is to avoid buying imported products altogether,” Lukashenko said, adding that his country also needs to strive for this goal.
He said that Russia is Belarus’ only military ally. However, he doubts that Belarus can totally rely on them.
“It’s not certain if we will receive help, if something unexpected happens. There is abundant evidence of this. We see the behavior of some allies. However, other than Russia we probably cannot rely on anyone. We cannot even completely rely on Russia. It’s good that right now Putin and others understand us, and I understand him. We act in agreement (not always). What will happen tomorrow?” said the Belarusian leader.
He noted that it is necessary to have your own small firearms and equipment for mobile troops, things that can be produced in Belarus. In addition, according to Lukashenko, there is a need to modernize those weapons that the army already has.