Security on the ground and in the air. Major drills of the CSTO peacekeepers were held in the Brest region.
The drills took place on the Obuz-Lesnovsky military training ground near Baranovichi. Soldiers from Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were working together. For the first time, the collective forces of the CSTO received the mandate of the UN Security Council. It means that the units are ready for peacekeeping operations anywhere in the world.
The main goal of peacekeepers is to maintain peace in the region without using any weapons.
The unit of the CSTO peacekeepers is not only prestigious but also multifunctional.
Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
We have a unique opportunity to see the drills of the peacekeepers of the CSTO countries. I think those things that our soldiers were training during the drills were of great current interest.
Nikolai Bordyuzha, CSTO Secretary General:
We are talking only about the decision of the presidents to use the UN peacekeeping force outside the territory of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Therefore, representatives of the UN and we understand that today we have the right to conduct peace operations. The only thing is that we need to get the corresponding decision of the heads of states.
Viktor Gulevich, commander of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO:
A peacekeeping operation will be held on the territory of a country that is not a member of the CSTO. This operation should be authorized by a mandate of the United Nations.