Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko warned "clattering arms" at its borders, calling it a "waste of time."
Lukashenko previously warned against increasing NATO activity at the country's borders, saying that the country is prepared to deal with external threats. Lukashenko made Wednesday's speech at an event commemorating Belarus' Independence Day, marked on July 3, when the Soviet Red Army liberated the then-Belarusian SSR from Nazi Germany.
"For the first time since the Great Patriotic War [World War II], battles are taking place not only somewhere far away, but right at our borders," Lukashenko said.
"We must be prepared to repel any external aggression, gunpowder must always be kept dry," Lukashenko added.
Lukashenko also said that the Eurasian Economic Union's large-scale project is the ability to overcome crises and find new paths for development. The Eurasian Economic Union is an economic union which is comprised of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.