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Belarus in favor of stronger CSTO


19.12.2012 16:45

MOSCOW, 19 December (BelTA) – Belarus is in favor of the systematic enhancement and improvement of the military potential of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko made the statement at the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Moscow on 19 December, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that the adoption of the major guidelines for military cooperation was a timely move meant to encourage further amalgamation of all the military components of the organization into one smoothly operating body. The President pointed out that all the present CSTO members had backed the draft resolution on strengthening the military component of the organization.

The Belarusian head of state mentioned several top-priority issues that require discussion. In particular, speaking about military technical cooperation the President remarked that the creation of joint R&D groups and design bureaus able to make new armaments and materiel should become an inalienable part of the cooperation in addition to existing efforts.

Speaking about military exercises, Alexander Lukashenko said that they should use modern real scenarios. “Frontline warfare that we have seen in the past is no more. Nobody attacks anyone head-on,” remarked the Belarusian leader. He believes that military representatives of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, who take part in international exercises as observers, should infuse the best practices into the CSTO operation.

The Belarus President believes that the CSTO should constantly improve methods used to counteract new threats and challenges. “In the last few years we have created a system for the member states to respond to emergencies virtually from the ground up. Classic prevention measures are effective, but still there are reserves to tap into,” said the head of state.

As the number of CSTO mechanisms increases, their coordinated operation becomes more important. “It is the coordinated actions of all the components of the collective security system that will allow the CSTO to stay in the mainstream of international politics,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

“The year 2012 has been rather intense for all of us. There have been successes and rather serious problems inside the largest organization due to views of individual member states. Practice indicates that our opinions about the international situation and development trends generally coincide,” remarked the Belarusian head of state. He underlined that reaching the same kind of accord regarding measures to counter existing challenges was the most important task now.

“Apart from that, we should coordinate actions for the sake of future development of the organization. However, not all the situations that we face now can be settled using the existing legal base,” remarked the Belarusian leader. In particular, such collisions were witnessed following Uzbekistan’s desire to suspend its CSTO membership.

Alexander Lukashenko believes that the CSTO success will be secured through the balanced development of the main branches of the organization’s activities.
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