20 January 202014:57

Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with CSTO Secretary-General Stanislav Zas, Moscow, January 20, 2020

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Mr Zas,

We are glad to receive you here in Moscow for the first time as Secretary-General of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). We are confident that your rich political and government experience in all of your previous positions, including the head of the Belarus Security Council, will make your work more effective. On our part, we promise to support you in all of your endeavours and the actions of your Secretariat to implement the decisions made by the heads of state and other charter bodies of the CSTO.

I am very glad to meet with you and would like to once again congratulate you on your appointment.


The proposals of President of Russia Vladimir Putin, who has assumed the CSTO presidency for this year, were supported in Bishkek. I think it would be absolutely right to start preparing practical measures on all of these issues now.


The celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Victory are playing the main role in the initiatives and priorities of the Russian presidency. Apart from the political, memorial, purely military and information components, this event has a legal element because there are attempts to call into question the legal results of World War II. Vladimir Putin made several statements in this regard. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko also regularly emphasises that rewriting history is unacceptable. I am convinced that all CSTO countries agree on this, as our joint work shows. We will do our best to assist you in all areas of your activities that are authorised by heads of state.

We will discuss this in more detail today.








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