A session of CSTO Military Committee in Minsk started with a minute of silence in memory of the Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov, killed in Turkey several days ago.
On December 21, in Minsk, the parties summed up cooperation results of 2016. At the tenth meeting of the Military Committee of the CSTO, the member countries analyzed results of joint operational and combat training.
The parties also discussed plans for 2017. In particular, they identified areas for further work to establish a system of interstate information exchange.
Belarus is chairing the CSTO in 2016-2017.
Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus:
There are states that are taking part in hostilities. They share their experience. There are countries that have stepped forward in information warfare. Therefore, the CSTO is practicing the full range of these activities. And we have an opportunity to see what we have achieved in each of the participating countries.
Nikolai Bordyuzha, CSTO Secretary General:
A lot of attention was paid to assessment of the military-political situation. You know it. You know that it is getting worse every day, it is becoming aggravated.
We see NATO maneuvers near our borders: the restoration of public infrastructure, transportation of troops. It requires our attention.