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Alexander Lukashenko about CSTO: “It’s necessary to determine right priorities to take CSTO to high level”

The heads of state of the CSTO approved the strategy of the collective security until 2025.

On October 14, the heads of state were discussing the future of the military and political alliance. Belarus is getting the chairmanship of the CSTO. Alexander Lukashenko announced the main priorities.

The Presidents of six member countries of the CSTO gathered in Yerevan because Armenia is holding the Presidency at the moment, and because it’s the perfect country to regulate unstable situation in the relationship with Azerbaijan.

The military-political alliance of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan facilitate the peace and security on the territory of former USSR.

A lot of issues from combating terrorism to discussions of the situation in Syria are on the agenda of the meeting.

Strengthening of joint defense capabilities is a topic that has never been so relevant before in the time of the existence of the CSTO. The heads of state admit that today the global security system is deformed. Old problems are getting more serious and new issues appear.

The leaders are worried about the destabilization of the situation on the external borders of the CSTO.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We analyzed all the problems and situations that occur in a modern world. We discussed the situations happening on all the borders including Central Asia and Afghanistan. We discussed conflicts and unresolved problems. We all stated that nobody wants to acknowledge the CSTO, especially NATO. The organization is not right and so on. I was listening to all this talks and I was thinking that if we were asking for acknowledgment, they would never acknowledge us. We need to make them acknowledge our organization. A lot of other question were discussed. That’s why we agreed with Nikolai Bordyuzha to select a group of military experts and not only military ones. We will involve Russian experts and experts from other countries. We need to determine the right priorities to take our organization to a high level, so that others would respect it. We won’t be begging for acknowledgment. That’s why I asked not to announce our priorities, before we work properly on them. That was the situation, and the heads of state agreed with that. I think we can offer something good to the organization in terms of unity and respect from our counter-partners.

During the summit, the allies discussed more than 20 documents.

The CSTO represents a very powerful collective potential. Increasing the combat power and strengthening the military force is one of the main priorities.

However, the countries are concentrated on peacekeeping potential.

More often member countries are facing the threats that are not related to direct military opposition. One of the key problems is the activity of the Islamic State. This could influence the region in an unexpected way. The global terrorism is getting more powerful.

The summit in Yerevan was very intriguing starting from some geopolitical issues and finishing with the name of a new Secretary General. By the way, the last issue wasn’t resolved.

The summit ended with passing the chairmanship from Armenia to Belarus.

Alexander Lukashenko about CSTO: “It’s necessary to determine right priorities to take CSTO to high level”