A regular meeting of the CSTO Defense Ministers Council was held in Dushanbe on 27 April. The day before, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon met with the defense ministers of the CSTO member states, BelTA has learned from the press service of the Defense Ministry.
The parties discussed regional security and cooperation within the CSTO Defense Ministers Council. The parties also exchanged views on the challenges and threats to military security and measures to neutralize them.
According to Belarus’ Defense Minister Lieutenant General Viktor Khrenin, the main sources of threats to the CSTO member states are the activities of Western states to build up coalition and national military capabilities and active expansion of the U.S. military presence in Europe, the unresolved armed conflicts, primarily in Syria and Afghanistan, the persistently high level of international terrorism and religious extremism.
The ministers also highlighted the most pressing problems of the Eastern European region: a large-scale information war, the destructive activities of the West to destabilize the situation in the post-Soviet space, unresolved conflicts and color revolutions.
Viktor Khrenin briefed his colleagues on the actions of the Belarusian opposition, who, under the supervision of their Western handlers, attempted to overthrow the constitutional order in Belarus and organize a coup d'etat through the physical removal of the top officials.
“The parties exchanged the views on military security issues in the regions of responsibility of the CSTO and made decisions on the further development of the military dimension of the CSTO,” the ministry said.