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Lukashenko inspecting defense companies in Orsha District

ORSHA DISTRICT (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is on a working trip to Vitebsk Oblast. The head of state is touring Orsha District, BelTA has learned.

His first stop is the Ustye manufacturing and technical cluster, one of the most high-security contractors of the State Authority for Military Industry. According to Chairman of the State Authority for Military Industry Dmitry Pantus, the company develops, upgrades, produces and tests weapons of various types and classes.

On 8 June Aleksandr Lukashenko heard a report on the performance and development prospects of the Belarusian military-industrial complex.

The head of state outlined the development of domestic production of small arms as an important topic. "We are not going to war with anyone," he said. “We must be able to inflict unacceptable damage on an enemy and defend ourselves and our families. Without our own production of small arms... If, God forbid, some conflict or war break out, every family, territorial bodies should be armed with the whole range of small arms. Then the enemy, the adversary will understand that it is better to steer clear of us,” the president said.

“We have to produce the minimum necessary amount of weapons at home. Because anything can happen and we should not pin our hopes on some foreign uncle to supply us with weapons. We should have our own,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.