CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan: What issues will be raised?


CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan: What issues will be raised?

Yerevan is preparing to host the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The heads of countries participating in the military-political alliance are going to discuss a collective security strategy until 2025. A serious discussion is planned on the measures to combat terrorism. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will also take part in the summit. The head of state will announce key security priorities for all alliance members.

Restless Middle East situation, the military conflict in Ukraine, export of terrorism... Never before were real threats so close to CSTO borders. The countries participating in the military-political alliance are increasingly facing dangerous external factors.

How to respond to them and what steps need to be taken? These are key questions that the organization will discuss today in Yerevan

This forum involves meetings in the narrow and expanded formats. At them, the heads of state will discuss about 20 questions. The main one is the Collective Security Strategy in the framework of the CSTO until 2025.

Yuri Shevtsov, political analyst:
I'll have to work together to respond to the problem of nuclear parity between the United States and Russia. Another point is the problem that gave rise to the war in Ukraine. It demonstrated how dangerous it is and how large-scale such a conflict can become. Probably we will hear some opinions on the struggle against radical political Islam in Syria. This threat is growing in different countries and we must be prepared to respond to it. Since it can manifest itself not only in war and acts of terrorism, but also in some broader threats.

After Armenia, the chairmanship in the organization will move to Belarus. At the upcoming summit, Alexander Lukashenko will announce Belarus' security priorities. They will be implemented in the intersessional period.

Special attention at the summit will be paid to measures to combat international terrorism. This summer Yerevan hosted a meeting of foreign ministers of the CSTO member states. Then a breakthrough initiative was voiced at the forum. It was proposed to establish a single anti-terrorist framework for all member countries of the alliance.

Vladimir Bazanov, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
Terrorism is one of the most important tasks not only for the CSTO, but also for the whole world. I think that humanity understands it and we must fight all together. If we don't destroy its embryo, it will be difficult to counter it all after it spreads all around the world. Europe is already feeling it.

It is expected that today the document will be supported at the highest level.

The presidents will take another important decision - the leaders will call the name of the new Secretary General of the CSTO.