MOSCOW, February 1. /TASS/. The chairs of parliamentary committees of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member countries have addressed the need to strengthen the security alliance’s military component, Sergey Rachkov, Chairman of the Commission on International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic (the upper house of Belarus’ parliament), told TASS on Wednesday.
"Today, taking into account - and this was brought up at our coordination meeting - a rather thorny military and political situation on the western borders of the Union State, that is, first and foremost, the Republic of Belarus, where we have such neighbors as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia and where NATO is increasing its military buildup, of course, the task is to enhance the military component within the CSTO," he said.
Rachkov explained that the participants of the coordination meeting were exchanging information and views, and later the work was continued in the specialized committees of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly.
This year, Belarus is chairing the CSTO, which also includes Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.