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Presidents of CSTO member states agree to streamline the organization

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

CSTO countries today are concerned about the deteriorating situation on their borders, which is due to regional conflicts that have not yet ended. All this was reflected in the final document. 

Six months ago, the heads of the CSTO noted a serious deterioration of security arrangements in the world. Many new conflict zones appeared. Including in the Eurasian space. Today's session of the CSTO Collective Security Council is a kind of plan of action for the future.

Yevgeny Gorin, CTV:
However, before the six presidents sat at the negotiating table in the Palace of Nations in Dushanbe, two additional meetings at Government House were held in the early morning - contrary to tradition. 

A joint meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence, as well as the Committee of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO member states were held two hours before the main talks. The sides had to agree on the agenda of the summit. A lot of issues have accumulated. 

The agenda included not only protocol issues such as the work of the military-political bloc, the CSTO budget for 2016 and the upcoming presidency of Armenia. The politicians wanted to find out the results for the first sudden inspection of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force in May. In the spring, the CRRF was moved to the Tajik-Afghan border. It is no secret that the forces worked out negative scenarios of the situation in Afghanistan.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan:
The CRRF are willing and able to perform the tasks. We tested in practice the mechanism of action in crisis situations. Kazakhstan supports the need to increase the intensity of combat training of the CRRF. We believe it necessary to conduct regular exercises, drills, including in the form of unannounced inspections.

Indeed, the proliferation of terrorist threats at the borders of the CSTO countries is, unfortunately, an emerging global threat to the entire region.  

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, open warfare and the emergence of new hotbeds of instability, including near our borders. As a consequence we see people killed, states destroyed, peoples impoverished and refugees and illegal migrants flowing. This situation requires the strengthening of military power and crisis response mechanisms of the CSTO.   

To counter possible threats the CSTO is improving military structure. Is actively cooperates with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee and takes part in the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy of the United Nations. Moreover, the organization is developing its own strategy.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
By accelerating work on the strategy of collective security, we can ensure the formation of unified views on the protection of our interests. The introduction of common standards for defense products, equipping CSTO troops with unified weapons and logistical support will significantly strengthen the military potential of the organization. Unfortunately, in this regard, we have recently been talking much but few things have been done. I think that the commitments taken by the heads of state in this part, especially on the equipment, must be perfectly executed.

The CSTO today gave an answer to the question in what direction the organization will be developing. Among the priorities are anticipation of external and internal threats, as well as international cooperation. The organization will pay special attention to combating terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.

Following the talks, a package of documents was signed. These agreements define the CSTO strategy for years to come.

In 2016, Armenia will assume the CSTO chairmanship.

Presidents of CSTO member states agree to streamline the organization