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Lukashenko names six major tasks for CSTO in modern conditions

President 15.06.2017 | 10:29
Alexander Lukashenkо
Alexander Lukashenkо

MINSK, 15 June (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has named six major tasks for the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in modern conditions. The head of state made the statement as he met with the secretaries of the security councils of the CSTO member states on 15 June, BelTA has learned.

According to the president, major tasks include the coordination of the foreign policy activities of the CSTO member states, cooperation of the Organization with the leading universal and regional international agencies, comprehensive strengthening of the military, technical, anti-crisis, and peace-making potentials of the CSTO.

These also include the prevention of international terrorism and illegal drug trade, stabilizing migration processes, improvement of the legal foundations and mechanisms of interaction in the Organization.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, the session of the committee is held in complicated time. The international situation can be characterized by growing instability, the transformation of relations between the world centers of force, and toughening mutual competition. Conditions for the transfer of struggle to outer space and cyberspace are being created.

“NATO is building up military infrastructure near the borders of our countries, the missile defense system is being installed, projects to design precision weapons are implemented. Conflicts, economic and social shocks continue to remain the sources of the migration crisis,” the president said.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the activities of terrorists in Europe and Central Asia pose an outstanding threat, the conflicts in southeastern Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh are disturbing. In spite of emerging positive trends, the situation around Transnistria is not settled.

“Obviously, in these conditions our organization becomes even more important. Being a multi-purpose organization, the CSTO has a potential for playing a big role in the future reviewed architecture of security on the Eurasian continent,” the Belarusian head of state assured.

He deems it necessary to make timely strategic decisions on the basis of unity and allied solidarity, prepare concerted collective responses to global and regional challenges.

It was reported that Belarus presides in the CSTO from 14 October 2016.

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