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Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest

The resources of the Collective Security Treaty Organization are not used to the full, said February 9 President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.

Currently, global environment is unstable. Suffice it is to recall Ukraine, Syria, or Turkey. So no wonder that security issues have been central in the recent meeting of Heads of State of Belarus and Russia.

In addition, Alexander Lukashenko noted that the CSTO is not just a platform but an organization, in which participants must work together.

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus:
The world is not becoming a quieter place. Frankly, I am still impressed by the discussion of these issues with the Russian president. When meeting with the prime minister, we did not touch these issues that much. But as a number of events reflect on the economy all this is now interconnected, in the globalized world.
Therefore, with the Russian president, we discussed probably more than half the meeting's time these important issues of our security: everything that happens in the western direction, Ukraine, Syria and this big tangle of Russian relations with Turkey. I do not hide it, because, really, this is not only a matter of alarm for Russia (it is natural, since Russia is the main regional player), but it directly affects Belarus. Discussing these issues of economy, we touched on all these issues related to security.
When it comes to the CSTO. I believe that we do not use its resource in full. We just do not understand, which is unlikely, or we just have some other thoughts. Although the CSTO is not just a platform but an organization where we need to act jointly and show our determination to protect our security, the security of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. And even those who are not part of the organization must be looking at us and still have some hope that we will provide this security, especially our neighbors.

Nikolai Bordyuzha, CSTO Secretary General:
If we take the situation as a whole and look, for example, in Europe, the Middle East, we have a relatively stable situation. Of course, this is primarily due to the efforts of the countries' leadership in the field of national security, which was established in all states. This is thanks to the relevant law enforcement agencies.

Belarus President thinks CSTO potential not used to the fullest