The CSTO must be turned into a powerful organisation, but without threatening anyone, as stated by President of Belarus during a meeting with the CSTO Secretary General in the Palace of Independence. Alexander Lukashenko and Nikolai Bordyuzha discussed draft documents to be submitted to the Presidents during a CSTO summit in mid-October in Yerevan. The main one is the collective security strategy until 2025. Also, Belarus as next year’s CSTO Chair will have prepared a program of initiatives for next year in the framework of the CSTO.
Today, the military-political alliance includes Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Meetings of CSTO Heads of State took place twice late last year: in October in Dushanbe and in December in Moscow. Then, the Presidents signed a joint statement on combating international terrorism.
In early February, Minsk hosted a meeting of the CSTO Coordination Council, dedicated to countering illegal migration.
In addition, Belarusian peacekeepers jointly with CSTO colleagues have been constantly working out measures on releasing hostages, mine clearance, facility protection, as well as on participating in the mobile reserve. The recent exercise of CSTO peacekeeping forces Unbreakable Brotherhood 2016 took place in late August at the ObuzLesnovsky firing range.