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26 May 2020, 17:56

Threats to security of CSTO countries on the rise

Stanislav Zas. An archive photo
Stanislav Zas. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 26 May (BelTA) – Threats to the security of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are on the rise across the board. Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zas made the relevant statement during a videoconference session of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council on 26 May, BelTA has learned.

According to Stanislav Zas, the session discussed the state and prospects of development of the international situation and the regional one and their influence on the security of the CSTO member states. “All the heads of the delegations spoke about the matter,” he said. “If we sum up all the opinions that have been voiced, we will be forced to state that threats to the security of the CSTO member states are on the rise in all dimensions and in all directions. It is not an exaggeration. Unfortunately, it is the reality we live in and the CSTO should take it into account.”

According to Stanislav Zas, participants of the session concluded that in the current situation the CSTO member states should step up interaction with other countries and international organizations, in particular, with the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, for the sake of ensuring security.

Stanislav Zas also spoke about the situation to the west of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. “As for the western direction, the region is being militarized,” he remarked. “Nearly all the Eastern Europe countries that border on Russia and Belarus have been spending more on defense in recent years, have been improving military infrastructure near our borders.”

“Certainly, it cannot but worry us,” the CSTO secretary general noted.

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