MOSCOW, 13 January (BelTA) – In Kazakhstan the Collective Security Treaty Organization acted swiftly, decisively and effectively, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said at a ceremony marking the end of the CSTO mission in Almaty, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA.
"Contrary to the negative assessments of the CSTO promoted by our enemies, our organization has shown its relevance and effectiveness, the ability to act quickly, decisively and effectively, without delay, which, as you know, can be very dangerous," Stanislav Zas emphasized.
According to him, not only military, but above all moral support of the CSTO allies was of fundamental importance to Kazakhstan. "The first aircraft with the collective peacekeeping forces flew out to Kazakhstan in a matter of hours after the Collective Security Council made a decision to provide assistance," he recalled.
The CSTO secretary general pointed out that all member states of the organization contributed to the peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan. "Each of our allies contributed to the CSTO mission and sent professionally trained peacekeeping contingents," he said.
“Following Kazakhstan's request, the peacekeepers will return to their permanent home stations as planned,” the CSTO secretary general said.
“At the special meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council held on 10 January, the CSTO leaders noted that the recent developments were a turning point for the organization that acquired new qualities of a strong international institution. The CSTO is a really viable mechanism for ensuring stability and security of our states,” Stanislav Zas said.
He expressed sincere words of gratitude to all those who honorably fulfilled their service and duty, their peacekeeping mission. “Some servicemen will be cited by the CSTO Collective Security Council and defense ministries of the organization's member states. I wish you success in your military service and safe return home,” the CSTO secretary general said.