Zhadobin: Lukashenka’s rank is same as before presidency

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Alyaksandr Lukashenka,
reserved officer.

— Heads of Regional
Executive Committees became major-generals some time ago. What about Alyaksandr
Lukashenka’s rank –a reserved officer in the position of the Belarusian state leader?

— To tell
you the truth, I am not really aware of the situation and his rank. As any other
President, he is the commander-in-chief. And his rank is the same as before the
presidency. In fact, I have never wondered what rank it is and I cannot present
the exact information to you.

— What is
your attitude to situation when civilians occupy the position of the Minister of
Defence? What about the cases when the person is a woman, like in Lithuania?

— There are
certain peculiarities depending on the situation and the goals and tasks the Ministry
of Defence is responsible for in every state. If the responsibilities of the military-political
and military sectors are shared, a civilian may head a military department. But
they will not decide on strategic issues, manoeuvres, tactics and the other
things connected with military activities. They will deal with military-political
issues. We do not need it at the moment and our military department is headed
by a professional. It is the same is in the other state organs – the Ministry of
Transport, the Ministry of Industry. The Ministers are not politicians, they
are professionals. That is why it is like this in our country at the moment. It
may change if something changes in the approach to the state organs. In
general, I think that it may have a positive effect.

— Will our governor-generals
make any strategic military decisions? Or is it the military-political type of administration?

— According
to our legislation, we have territorial troops that are divided into zones and districts
of territorial defence. According to the law, a governor is the head of a territorial
defence zone. It imposes a lot of responsibilities on them. The system has
existed for over 10 years. We have come to the conclusion that it is expedient.
Military ranks were assigned accordingly.

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