CSTO summit in Bishkek
at the summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in
Bishkek, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko focused on peace
initiatives and global security threats.
The Belarusian head of state voiced his concern about political and economic clashes between global superpowers.
Lukashenko mentioned the termination of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear
Forces Treaty. In this regard, Belarus suggests adopting a declaration
of responsible countries against placing medium-range and shorter-range
missiles in Europe.
also put forward an initiative to resume an inclusive dialogue on
international security similar to the Helsinki process and to use this
dialogue to overcome existing disagreements between countries in the
common space in the Euro-Atlantic region and Eurasia.
president also mentioned the NATO military buildup along the western
borders of the CSTO and in close vicinity to Belarus’ border. Although
such a number of troops does not represent a direct military threat, the
militarization of the border necessitates working out an adequate
diplomatic, information and military response.
All in all, the president urged to avoid a new arms race.
also pointed to the increasing protest movement and civil unrest in a
number of countries, including prosperous ones. Regional armed conflicts
remain one of the main sources of political, military and terrorist
threats, illegal migration and smuggling of arms.
this context, the president mentioned the situation in the east of
Ukraine where a military conflict has been going on for five years
already. Belarus welcomed some visible progress in implementing the
Minsk agreements and the start of a constructive dialogue as part of the
Trilateral Contact Group.
Lukashenko also called for bolstering the international standing of the
CSTO, expanding its cooperation with other organizations. This can be
achieved, among other things, by implementing Belarus-proposed decision
on the formalization of the Partner and Observer statuses in the
emphasized that information security should be among the priorities for
the CSTO. In this regard, Belarus suggests establishing a
good-neighborliness belt aimed at easing tensions in the information
field and laying down common rules of responsible behavior in the