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No plans to announce mobilization in Belarus, president reiterates

On September 21, the Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization

MINSK, October 4. /TASS/. The Belarusian authorities have no plans to announce a mobilization, President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting on military security on Tuesday.

He also blamed overseas-based opposition members for trying to raise tensions. "They seek to seize opportunities, saying that since Russia has announced a mobilization, then Belarus will do the same. I would like to reiterate that we have no need for mobilization. Thankfully, there is no war in Belarus," Lukashenko said, as cited by the BelTA news agency.

"I have repeatedly pointed out that we upgraded our Armed Forces at least four, if not five times, adapting them to the current situation. First and foremost, we draw conclusions and learn lessons from the wars and conflicts that took place in the world in the past and are taking place now," the Belarusian leader stressed.

On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu specified that there were plans to call up 300,000 reservists who had in-demand military specialties and combat experience.