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13 February 2023, 13:46

Belarus to host three CSTO exercises in 2023

MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) – This year Belarus will host three CSTO exercises: Vzaimodeistvie, Echelon and Poisk, CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov told the media after a meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 13 February, BelTA has learned.

According to him, the meeting with the Belarusian head of state was substantive and productive. A wide range of topical issues was discussed with an emphasis on the further activities of the CSTO. "Mr President drew attention to the very difficult issues of our organization's activities. First of all, he highlighted the special importance of strengthening allied interaction and solidarity of the CSTO member states in this difficult time of the systemic crisis of international relations and external threats," the secretary general said. He stressed that the system of ensuring international peace and security that has taken shape in recent decades is in crisis, which negatively affects, among other things, the CSTO. Along the perimeter of responsibility and borders of the CSTO, we see them forming a kind of belt of instability, an arc of conflicts from the southern borders of the CSTO states in Central Asia through the South Caucasus directly to the Eastern European region, he noted. "Therefore, the Belarusian president urged to further develop a set of anti-crisis measures, improve existing and create new components of the crisis response system," Imangali Tasmagambetov said.

The secretary general stressed that the CSTO has a solid multifunctional potential to respond to a wide range of growing challenges and threats. "Practical steps are envisaged in order to strengthen the military capabilities. They are primarily aimed at ensuring the combat readiness of the collective forces of the organization. In this regard, this year Belarus will host three exercises: Vzaimodeistvie, Echelon and Poisk,” Imangali Tasmagambetov informed.

The CSTO will continue working to improve the work in the areas of countering terrorism and transnational crime, drug trafficking, uncontrolled migration and also in the field of information support.

Imangali Tasmagambetov informed the Belarusian president about the steps taken by the CSTO Secretariat to involve the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces in UN peacekeeping operations.

Following the meeting, the Belarusian head of state approved an action plan to implement the decisions of the November (2022) session of the CSTO Collective Security Council and the CSTO's priority areas of activity during the chairmanship of Belarus in the organization.

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