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08 June 2023, 10:43

Lukashenko suggests developing new CSTO collective security strategy until 2035

MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) – We need to draft a concept for a new collective security strategy of the CSTO for the period up to 2035, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO member states in Minsk on 8 June, BelTA has learned.

The head of state urged to improve the CSTO crisis response system: "We need to build and fine-tune the crisis response system.This is the task for our special services and law enforcement agencies."

According to the president, the heads of the security councils of the CSTO member states play an important coordinating role in this matter. "This is your job, your area of responsibility," he continued. “Please make proposals for approval by the heads of state. I don't think there will be any red tape here."

"Taking into account the large-scale transformation of threats, we need to think about the concept of a new collective security strategy of the CSTO for the period up to 2035," the head of state said.

The current document was adopted in 2016 and is designed to run until 2025.

"I think that the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils and the CSTO as a whole need to start working on harmonizing approaches and developing appropriate proposals for the future security architecture of the Eurasian continent. This is the most important task," the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that the voice of the CSTO countries will be heard if they present a united front and propose a peaceful and fair agenda in the Eurasian region and involve the SCO and the CIS in this process. "Belarus, as the CSTO chairman, is ready to make every effort to strengthen our organization and collective security in its area of responsibility," he said.

The president proposed to use, if necessary, the possibilities of the Belarusian chairmanship "to convey to the heads of state and discuss the most important security matters."

"Folk wisdom says: one soldier does not make a battle. Only unity makes us stronger. I am confident that the motto of our presidency ‘Through solidarity and cooperation to peace and security' meets the interests of all our states," the president concluded.

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