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Lukashenko: Belarus is a consistent supporter of vigorous cooperation in the CSTO

МИНСК (BelTA) – Belarus is a consistent supporter of vigorous cooperation in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he opened the restricted-attendance session of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Minsk on 30 November, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “Belarus is a consistent supporter of vigorous cooperation within the framework of the organization, supporter of more productive operation of the organization and of stronger authority of the organization in the international scene.”

Alexander Lukashenko said he was confident that the session would give a new impulse to the development of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, would demonstrate positive dynamics in dealing with problems concerning common security. “I don't just hope for it. I am confident in it because the large agenda we are supposed to discuss today includes dozens of items. It has been polished and univocally adopted at lower levels,” said the Belarus president.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the summit was taking place in an anniversary year for the organization. “I am grateful for your finding time to come to Minsk and take part in today's meeting,” he remarked.

Alexander Lukashenko addressed Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who was taking part in a CSTO Collective Security Council session for the first time. “I think I can express the general opinion and wish you every success in your new difficult job at a difficult time. I wish you fruitful work in the name of Kyrgyzstan's future development and the reinforcement of our organization,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

The meeting continued as a restricted-attendance session. The presidents are expected to discuss international situation development trends and measures being taken to bolster the collective security of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. During the plenary session later on a number of other matters will be discussed, including drafts of various declarations and resolutions in addition to the day-to-day operation of the organization.

A number of decisions will be made as a result of the summit to regulate various aspects of the CSTO's operation. Priorities of Belarus' CSTO presidency will be reflected in them among other things.

At present the Collective Security Treaty Organization comprises six countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. The CSTO's key tasks include national and collective security of the member states, the promotion of their military and political interaction and integration, coordination of foreign policy views on international and regional security problems, promotion of cooperation in counteracting threats and challenges, and the enabling of military technology cooperation.