DUSHANBE, 16 September (BelTA) – Global tensions may lead to attempts to settle conflicts by force, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Dushanbe on 16 September, BelTA has learned.
“Unfortunately, we have to admit that this year the situation around the world has not got better. As before, the principles and norms of international law are grossly disregarded. The boundaries of regional instability are expanding. Global tensions may push some parties to use violence in order to resolve conflicts,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
The head of state noted that the coronavirus pandemic put the humankind to the test; environmental disasters and the irreversible climate change are becoming increasingly noticeable and impactful.
“Against this background, the increase in military spending in the world and the dismantling of the arms control system are of particular concern. The Treaty on Open Skies is crumbling before our eyes. The Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, in fact, remains the only effective agreement in this area. The absence of a constructive agenda in arms limitation does not instill optimism and contributes to military and political tensions,” the president said.