MINSK, 19 December (BelTA) – The Collective Security Treaty Organization intends to stage a number of military exercises along western borders in 2023. Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zas made the statement during a press conference held to review results of the CSTO's work in 2022 as well as results of a regular session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, which took place in Yerevan, BelTA has learned.
Asked about the need to beef up defenses at the western borders, Stanislav Zas remarked that various events that take place in Belarus' territory in cooperation with Russia represent a certain measure of deterrence. They are sufficient in the current situation. There are plans to stage a number of CSTO military exercises in 2023. Those exercises can be viewed as a strategic deterrence measure, too, he noted.
Speaking about the buildup of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's peacekeeping forces, Stanislav Zas noted that there are no plans to expand them. “At the same time we can very promptly deploy a larger peacekeeping force if necessary. We have everything for it,” Stanislav Zas is convinced.