Alexander Lukashenko, speaking during a summit of the Heads of State of CSTO member states, hosted by Moscow, announced, “I’ve said before and will say again that Belarus has been and remains true to its allied commitments within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. We did not come to Moscow hat in hand, seeking a trade off.”
The Belarusian President believes that CSTO member states should do their best to promote their common position, to enhance the image of the organisation on the international arena. “The situation near our borders has never been so complicated and volatile,” added Mr. Lukashenko. “Large-scale risks and challenges require a co-ordinated policy from us all.”
According to the Head of the Belarusian state, under current conditions, diplomatic measures should be the primary tool for resolving conflict and reducing tension. “Enhanced political interaction with major universal and regional international organisations should be among our top priorities,” underlined Mr. Lukashenko.
Mr. Lukashenko believes that the practical dimension of the CSTO will secure the organisation’s successful development. “The CSTO has been created to protect the common interests of member states,” noted the Belarusian Head of State.
Mr. Lukashenko wished success to the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, who takes over the presidency of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation in 2015: the 70th anniversary of Victory over Fascism in the Great Patriotic War. “The fateful date that we all remember binds us together not only through common history but through moral obligations and responsibility for preserving peace in our region,” the Belarusian President underlined.
The President of Belarus is confident that the decisions taken at the session will contribute to stronger CSTO security and to regional and global stability.
By Mikhail Khmelevsky