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30 August 2021, 10:19

CSTO works out measures to minimize Afghanistan-related risks

MINSK, 30 August (BelTA) – The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has developed a set of measures to minimize threats associated with Afghanistan, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said in an interview with STV channel, BelTA has learned.

“Can Afghanistan become a new trap? Will we have to send our sons there again? No, of course not. This is an absolutely unfounded fear. The CSTO is a purely defensive military and political organization. The CSTO Collective Security Treaty, the charter of our organization envisages the use of collective defensive forces only within the zone of responsibility of the CSTO, that is within the borders of our countries,” Stanislav Zas said.

At the recent emergency session of the Collective Security Council, the parties discussed the situation in Afghanistan from the perspective of ensuring the security of CSTO member states. “We have developed a set of measures to minimize these threats: combating drug trafficking, terrorism, and illegal migration. It is clear that the situation there is changing now, and this must be carefully studied and taken into account in our activities, including in terms of combating these threats, which have not gone anywhere, and in part, on the contrary, have become more acute,” he stressed.

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