Officers of Belarus KGB to take part in Baikonur-Anti-Terror 2007 exercises

Officers of the State Security Committee of Belarus will take part as observers in the joint operatively-strategic command-staff exercises Baikonur-Anti-Terror 2007 scheduled to take place on September 26-28 at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, news agency BelaPAN reports, referring to the chief of the KGB Information and public relations centre Valery Nadtochayev. The Belarus delegation will be headed by the chief of the KGB Antiterrorist centre Oleg Tchernyshev.

According to the head of the CIS Antiterrorism centre Andrei Novikov, during the exercises it is planned to fulfil practical tasks of organization of carrying out of operatively-search actions on revealing subversive and terrorist groups and carrying out of special actions on clearing hostages and neutralization of terrorists at an ecologically dangerous object intended for maintenance of preparation of launching space vehicles. In the course of the exercises the "members of subversive and terrorist group" would seize an oxygen-nitric factory and take its working personnel as hostages. An operative staff and the FSB of Russia Special-task centre will carry out an operation on clearing hostages and neutralization of terrorists at the seized enterprise.

Minsk-based paper Belorusskiye novosti writes that Novikov's information that employees of the KGB of Belarus will carry out the role of educational terrorists has not been confirmed by Valery Nadtochayev.