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- President of Belarus and CSTO Secretary-General discuss preparations for the Collective Security Council
On November 1, 2022, Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, held a meeting with Stanislav Zas, Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, who is currently on a working visit to Minsk (Republic of Belarus).
According to the press service of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, participants of the meeting discussed the situation in the CSTO area of responsibility, including the results of the extraordinary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council held on October 28, 2022. Stanislav Zas informed Aleksandr Lukashenko about preparations for the next session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, which will take place in Yerevan on November 23, and about completing several tasks set by the Collective Security Council.
The website of the President of the Republic of Belarus informs that the Belarusian side brought up several issues that are part of the CSTO’s work, “including mass media, crisis forecasting and response.” “There are many issues. Lest we are called a paper tiger or something like that, we have to step up our efforts here. If someone does not want to work, let them be. But we have to work with those who want to work with the CSTO, and once and for all we have to drive in this reinforced concrete stake or pillar for all of us to spin around and show the whole world that such political and military organization exists. Such is Belarus’ position,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
“We are for it. But we are against any shadow plays and using the CSTO to address someone’s domestic political problems. Everyone has problems, but that is not why the CSTO was established,” stressed the President of the Republic of Belarus.
In anticipation of the CSTO summit scheduled for the second half of November, the President of the Republic of Belarus drew particular attention of all to the situation at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
As you may recall, the Republic of Belarus will preside over the CSTO in 2023.