YEREVAN, 23 November (BelTA) – The Collective Security Treaty Organization will continue to exist and nobody anywhere is going to fall. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he presented priorities of Belarus' forthcoming presidency over the CSTO in Yerevan, Armenia on 23 November, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that mass media have been recently speculating that the life and the fate of the Collective Security Treaty Organization depend on the outcome of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. “If Russia wins, then the CSTO will live. If, god forbid, it doesn't win, then the CSTO will not survive either. And many hotheads in our countries have also started discussing this problem,” he stated.
“I feel that we now share the opinion that if, god forbid, Russia falls, then our place is under these broken pieces,” the Belarusian head of state said.
“This is why we should not only defend but understand each other (as we always used to say in normal times): ‘Russia this, Russia that, the key role of Russia…' So, such talks have to stop. We are not going to leave the military and political arena. The Collective Security Treaty Organization will continue to exist and nobody anywhere is going to fall. But we need unity,” the Belarus president added.