Press release on results of CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers meeting
On July 17, Minsk hosted a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation’s Council of Foreign Ministers. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko received the ministers and the CSTO Secretary General.
Republic of Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei chaired the meeting. The parties held a productive and engaged exchange of opinions on topical issues on the regional and international agendas, including the situation along the perimeter of the CSTO’s zone of responsibility. They focused on CSTO member state cooperation in global affairs.
Acting on the initiative of the Russian party, the participants passed a joint statement denouncing the “war on monuments” and attempts to glorify Nazism. The statement included a principled evaluation of the ongoing campaign in some countries, including at legislative levels, to eradicate the memory of those who liberated the European countries from Nazi aggression and occupation during World War II at great sacrifice.
The parties passed a statement on maintaining information security and voiced concern over rising online criminal activity.
The ministers approved a schedule for consultations between representatives of CSTO member states on foreign policy, security and defence issues for the next six months of this year and the first six months of 2018, as well as a list of subjects for joint statements, to be made at various international venues in 2017. They approved a protocol on amending the Agreement on the Basic Principles of Military Technical Cooperation, a decision to institute an emblem for the collective security system’s military units and a decision to amend the regulations of the Working Group on Afghanistan at the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers.