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Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus stands for modern weaponizing of rapid reaction collective forces

Belarus will always remain loyal to its obligations on the CSTO's collective rapid reaction forces, said President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the heads of defense departments of the countries of the Collective Security Treaty.

Belarus chairs in the Organization in 2017.

During the 15 years of its existence, much has been done, but more has to be done. Among the proposals of Alexander Lukashenko is

to equip the collective rapid response forces with the latest weapons and equipment and to test new forms of cooperation in joint operational-strategic exercises.

The walls of the Palace of Independence remember Heads of many countries, the complex itself has an image of peace-making headquarters in the region. Alexander Lukashenko discussed the architecture of Eastern European security together with the leaders of the CSTO defense establishments.

The CSTO turns 18 in 2017.

The establishment of such an organization was decided on as many as 25 years ago. Belarus takes the chair on the organization’s anniversary. However, the reason of Alexander Lukashenko’s meeting with the CSTO defense establishments is not celebratory.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The military-political situation in the area of CSTO’s responsibility couldn’t be called calm all these years. Today it is becoming even more sensitive. You know perfectly well that Belarus within the Union State of Belarus and Russia and within the CSTO sis responsible for this direction. It is the zone of Belarus’ responsibility. All the army of Belarus together with the Russian Federation is concentrated on this issue.

We have a firm action plan for different situations.

Belarus has always been at the front of western borders defense. During the Soviet times Belarus was part of the Belarusian military district. As President Lukashenko stated, many of the CSTO commanders served there,

including the incumbent Secretary General of the CSTO Yuri Khachaturov.

The Belarusian military district used to be exemplary. Today the sovereign Republic of Belarus is at the onset of many initiatives of the CSTO.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Belarus is for early modern weaponizing of rapid reaction collective forces. The most prepared units of the national Armed Forces have been determined by the State members of the CSTO to the Special Operations Command of the Russian Federation. If there will be effectiveness, we are prepared to add units and subunits there, by adding it to the composition of Belarus’ Armed Forces.

Upon the initiative of Belarus it is planned that new forms of cooperation in joint operational-strategic exercises and strategic military drills in forming CSTO collective forces will be tested in autumn of 2017.

Joint military drills together with elite military units of a range of countries will be held in 2018. Joint military exercises will be held in Kyrgyzstan.

Yuri Khachaturov, CSTO Secretary General:
According to the schedule it is planned to hold military drills with the rapid reaction collective forces in Kyrgyzstan, the peace-making forces “Enduring Brotherhood” in Russia, the rapid reaction collective forces “Rubezh” in Tajikistan, the forces and units “Poisk” in Kazakhstan, collective CSTO air forces in Russia.

Belarus’ Commander-in- Chief, Alexander Lukashenko, says that there is no need to worry for the mutual border.

However, it is necessary to take manly approach to collective decisions.

Alexander Lukashenko:
We responsibly carry out all the events so that our potential enemies did not even think

that Belarus’ army is not ready or the joint military group with Russia will respond to the attack of the potential enemy.

Nevertheless, there is one thing that I would like you to do. If we agreed it is necessary to accomplish it all. Otherwise, it will not depreciate the organization, the organization is developing, and it will stop the normal work of the CSTO.

American howitzer weapons “Paladins” are near Wroclaw. It is the largest movement of American troops on the continent after the end of the Cold War.

In the neighboring with Belarus countries as Poland or in the Baltic states, at least one international NATO squadron is formed.

What Is more, they are the first ones to criticize the upcoming military drills of Belarus and Russia “West 2017”.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Belarus is aiming at holding these large-scale drills, Russia has the same intentions. We are not frightening anyone and we are not going to. We do not need someone else's land or property. Neither we nor Russia need that. Therefore, we will practice the exercises

that our potential enemies are practicing.

We train the army and will teach it to protect the territory, our state and peoples. We are very serious about making the drills in Belarus very effective. We will try to make these drills large-scale and diverse, so that the armies of Belarus and Russia feel

that they are protecting their countries and what their responsibilities are.

The matters of how to make lives in the CSTO states safer and how to effectively react to the “crisis situations” are still being discussed in Minsk. Now it is all up to the CSTO Security Council.

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus stands for modern weaponizing of rapid reaction collective forces