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10 January 2022, 12:22

Tokayev: CSTO proves its relevance

MINSK, 10 January (BelTA) - The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has shown its relevance as an authoritative military and political organization, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at a special session of the CSTO Collective Security Council on 10 January, BelTA has learned.

“It is important for us to further strengthen the powerful potential of the CSTO,” the Kazakhstan leader emphasized. This is a truly working mechanism for ensuring the stability and security of our states. In fact, these events were a turning point in the development of the organization, which has acquired a new quality as a strong international institution,” said the president of Kazakhstan.

“The threats Kazakhstan has faced are common to the entire collective security space. That is why it is important for us to further strengthen the powerful potential of the CSTO. Kazakhstan will make its own contribution to this end,” the Kazakhstan leader stressed.

He believes that it is possible to optimize the timing of response to crisis situations. It is also important to ensure maximum political support for decisions to use CSTO peacekeeping forces, especially on the part of the UN and other authoritative international organizations, the world's leading media, as well as think tanks of different countries.

“We already see that there are questions about the legitimacy of the deployment of the CSTO forces. This happens due to the lack of reliable information and misunderstanding of the whole situation. In some cases in the international community, including the foreign media, there is a completely wrong interpretation of both the use of the CSTO forces and the reading of the situation in Kazakhstan,” Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stated.

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