MOSCOW, 25 January (BelTA) – Training standards of Belarusian peacekeepers are outstanding, BelTA learned from the former secretary general of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Chairman of the Coordinating Council of the Eurasian Information and Analysis Consortium Nikolai Bordyuzha at a press conference on 25 January.
Speaking about the peacekeepers' preparedness, he said: “Exercises have been held many times, including in Belarus. Certainly, Belarusian peacekeepers did great. They demonstrated excellent training standards when we practiced various combat training scenarios, including combat operations. I have no doubt that there are no problems with training the peacekeepers in Belarus, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan – all the countries that participated in this peacemaking operation [in Kazakhstan].”
Speaking about the possible participation of CSTO peacekeepers in UN missions, Nikolai Bordyuzha noted that the possibility had been discussed with the United Nations Organization for eight years already. The UN has taken note of the CSTO peacekeepers and will use them if necessary, he said.
“Today's state of the peacekeeping contingent of the Collective Security Treaty Organization indicates that they can be used in operations of the United Nations Organization,” Nikolai Bordyuzha said.