MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) - Belarus views the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as a guarantor of international and regional security, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin told the media on the sidelines of a working meeting of the heads of international military cooperation units of the Armed Forces of the CSTO member states, BelTA has learned.
According to the minister, the event is attended by the officials directly responsible for setting foreign agendas for each of the defense agencies of the CSTO member states. “Belarus views the Collective Security Treaty Organization as a guarantor of international and regional security, stability, as well as the collective protection of the independence and territorial integrity and sovereignty of the CSTO member states. I am convinced that this event is a unique opportunity to establish closer contacts. It will also make it possible to discuss existing problems both on the internal and external levels and to consider ways to solve them using the potential of the CSTO,” the minister said.
It is equally important to develop common approaches aimed at the development and strengthening of the military component, to create conditions for the organization to become stronger and more united, Viktor Khrenin said. The defense minister stressed that both the organization in general and most of its member states have faced unprecedented pressure recently. “We have all become witnesses to the incessant intensive, foreign policy demarches on the part of Western countries, led by the United States, aimed at promoting their own models of the world order, including in the post-Soviet states,” he concluded.