President Lukashenko: CSTO calls for stronger military power and crisis response mechanisms


President Lukashenko: CSTO calls for stronger military power and crisis response mechanisms

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will be optimized. This was agreed in Dushanbe by CSTO leaders. Taking part in the meeting of the Council was the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, as well as the leaders of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. They were welcomed by the head of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, whose country hosted the summit.

First, the presidents talked in a narrow format, and then were joined by their delegations. The allied countries are still alarmed by external risks and threats. On this basis, the CSTO calls for the strengthening of the organization's military power and crisis response mechanisms, stated Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the plenary session of the Council.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We agreed that, if necessary, we will amend as soon as possible our charter documents and optimize our organization. The reason for this is the aggravating situation on the borders around the countries of the Collective Security Treaty. That is, the organization becomes the most popular one in the post-Soviet space. The allied countries are all alarmed by external risks and threats. They are concerned by the growing extremism and the activities of international terrorist groups. Today we are faced with an escalation of tension in the zones of smoldering conflicts (about which the President of Armenia has just said), open hostilities and the emergence of new hotbeds of instability, including near our borders. As a consequence we see people killed, states destroyed, the impoverishment of peoples and the unprecedented flow of refugees and illegal migrants. This situation requires the strengthening of military power and crisis response mechanisms of the CSTO.   

The CSTO countries today are concerned about the deteriorating situation on their borders because of unresolved regional conflicts and the intensification of activities of the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIL) and drug trafficking from Afghanistan. All these issues were reflected in the final document. The countries also adopted the CSTO budget for 2016.

Tajikistan handed over the CSTO chairmanship to Armenia.