MINSK, 15 October (BelTA) – Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zas met with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko in Minsk on 15 October. Among other things they discussed the matter of the command and staff exercise Nerushimoye Bratstvo 2020 [Indestructible Brotherhood], which is scheduled to take place in Belarus on 12-16 October, BelTA has learned.
Stanislav Zas told reporters after the meeting: “As for the peacekeeping exercise taking place in Belarus, we've also talked about it during the meeting. The final stage of the exercise will take place tomorrow.”
The official talked in detail about the exercise: “We've slightly changed the format of the exercise. We are grateful to Belarus for hosting it. It is a scheduled exercise that is in no way related to the situation evolving in Belarus. Virtually all the participants have experience of peacekeeping operations, including under the aegis of the United Nations Organization. In other words, it is a good venue for sharing the best practices.”
Stanislav Zas also pointed out: “It is the first time a peacekeeping mission that consists of personnel of the CSTO Secretariat and the joint staff has been deployed during such an exercise. We intend to practice delimitating functions and authority between the command of the peacekeeping forces and the peacekeeping mission, practice the coordination of military, humanitarian, political, and organizational matters that the peacekeeping mission has to take care of. Those are new things.”
“Apart from practicing tactical actions during the exercise we are also going to research these matters, take a look at how things will work, at least at first glance,” the CSTO secretary general noted.