MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is prepared to ensure the security of its borders amid an alarming situation in Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to a joint statement by the CSTO leaders that was adopted at the organization’s summit in Moscow on Monday and posted on the Kremlin's website.
"The situation in Afghanistan and on other external frontiers of the CSTO member-states is alarming," the statement said. "In connection with this, we express readiness to maintain security at the borders within the CSTO’s zone of responsibility."
The meeting was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon - the leaders of all six member states of the group. The Collective Security Treaty was signed on May 15, 1992 in Tashkent.