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Belarus pres expects major decisions from CSTO session in December

October 26, 2011, 14:53 UTC+3
This testifies to the fact that we are resolute to act as a united force in the CSTO,” the Belarussian leader stressed
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MINSK, October 26 (Itar-Tass) — Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko expects that major decisions will be made at a session of the CSTO heads of state due in December.

Lukashenko noted that a number of events, including a session of the Supreme State Council of the Russia-Belarus Union State, are scheduled for the end of November and the beginning of December. “I believe we will take major steps to make the December meeting in Moscow productive and intensive,” Lukashenko said.

He also expressed hope that the Wednesday session of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly Council in Minsk would be productive. The role of the parliamentary component in the CSTO grows, the president stressed.

“The latest events in the global economy push us towards closer cooperation, and as for the CSTO – it is the agency which discusses sacred for all notions – security,” he stressed. According to him, talking about economic, diplomatic and political problems is senseless without security.

“We cannot say that we have reached the desired goal within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, but we have done more than in any other organisation,” the Belarussian leader stressed. He reminded the audience about decisions reached at the informal summit in Astana.

Noting that Belarus currently holds the CSTO chairmanship, Lukashenko said he had sent his generalizations in written form to the heads of state. He stressed that Belarus’s initiative “triggered a stormy reaction in the world, in particular in the USA, in the West and NATO”.

He said certain media outlets had hastened to state that Lukashenko was allegedly afraid of some revolutions, and that is why he had come up with initiatives. “I am not particularly tragic about it, but they pinned it on me once again, including through certain media outlets,” the president said.

According to him, the agreements reached at the CSTO informal summit in Astana were common agreements. These agreements were crucial, he stressed.

“This is the reaction to what is going on in the world in general. This testifies to the fact that we are resolute to act as a united force in the CSTO,” the Belarussian leader stressed.

He also marked major progress in cooperation within the framework of the EurAsEC, and expressed confidence that all its member countries would join the CSTO.

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