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Alexander Lukashenko about priorities of Belarus’ chairmanship in CSTO

Alexander Lukashenko about priorities of Belarus’ chairmanship in CSTO How to combat modern threats and the role of the diplomats in

the issue were discussed on July 17, 2017 in Minsk in the Independence Palace,

where Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with CSTO foreign ministers. The President emphasized once again that the countries of the organization have mutual problems-terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal migration. And this is when diplomats should take over the situation.

2017 for the CSTO is an anniversary year twice. The Tashkent Agreement on Collective Security has been accomplished for 25 years now and it has been 15 years since the establishment of the international security organization.

What is more, the CSTO is the only military block in the world which hasn’t taken part in military actions. It is a point of security growth in Eurasia.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The situation in the world is worrying, therefore it is necessary to pay due attention to the security of our states. Not only from the military point of view, but from a political point of view as well. The geography is expanding and the spheres of confrontation of certain countries and coalitions is expanding as well. The instruments of peace and security support are becoming weaker. Therefore, the attempts of balance violation are multiplying.

In the current crisis of international relations, the role of diplomacy has multiplied;

it is diplomats who must demonstrate their skills in order not to give the slightest opportunity to resort to forceful resolution of contentious issues. The task of diplomacy is to create prerequisites for convergence of positions of all stakeholders and for the development of coordinated approaches.

Only on the basis of consolidation of efforts is it possible to really effectively counter global challenges and threats.

Therefore, the priority of Belarus' chairmanship in the CSTO is the qualitative strengthening of the influence of our Organization in the international arena.

The language of diplomacy is better than military actions. Credibility and authority on the international arena is the main leitmotif of Belarus’ chairmanship in the CSTO.

Yuri Khachaturov, Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization:
The most concerning issue is that manipulations around regional conflicts and the growth of military activity in Europe, military preparations and accumulation of weapons and military equipment can lead to the violation of strategic balance. This is already happening.

The unreturnable degradation of interregional relations, which kept the world away from chaos and world wars.

The CSTO covers a wide range of issues. Military threats (terrorism, international crimes) and the attention to illegal migration, drug trafficking.

Vladimir Makei, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
As a result of the meeting a document on the ongoing dismantling of memorials in the memory of the Red Army soldiers was signed. The second statement of Minsk CSTO Foreign Ministerial Council is dedicated to the measures of information security.

According to the statistics of 2016, 146 terrorist acts were committed in 29 countries.

Specialists observe an increase of terrorist act attempts in the CSTO states. Russia managed to prevent 196 attacks in 2016; Tajikistan managed to prevent 35 of them.

Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation:
From all the decisions I will emphasize the joint statements, which will be made by our countries at the UN meetings and of other international organizations. The statements cover a wide range of issues, including the situation in Syria, in the Middle East and as a whole, problems, which are connected with the situation in Afghanistan and around it, counterterrorism, drug combating.

The next CSTO session is expected to be held at the end of 2017 in Minsk.

Alexander Lukashenko about priorities of Belarus’ chairmanship in CSTO