MINSK, November 30. /TASS/. Leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member-countries see eye-to-eye on modern threats and strategies to minimize their consequences, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at the CSTO meeting in Minsk on Thursday.
"I note with satisfaction that we see eye-to-eye on modern threats facing the CSTO member-countries and the effectiveness of the selected strategies to minimize them," he said.
According to the president, the heads of states discussed the trends in the international situation and its impact on the situation in the organization’s area of responsibility. "We exchanged views on the effectiveness of measures taken to ensure collective security," he said. Lukashenko noted that, thanks to concerted efforts, systematic work aimed at increasing the CSTO’s international prestige and expand the number of its supporters is in progress.
"The most important forms of foreign policy coordination are developing. The organization’s format has made it possible to achieve the conceptual consolidation of unified approaches to ensuring information security, introduce basic elements of a crisis response system in accordance with the advanced technical requirements," the president said. Lukashenko added that specific steps had been taken to create conditions for using the peacekeeping potential, and the basis has been prepared for a legal framework for partnership between the CSTO, international organizations and third countries.
Lukashenko stressed that the talks at the CSTO summit in Minsk had been held in the atmosphere of openness. "It was a really open and fundamental conversation between the closest states in the world," he noted.
The Belarusian president expressed his confidence that further concerted efforts to strengthen the CSTO would be stable and dynamic.