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MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Meeting with the CSTO ministers of foreign affairs

17 July 2017

The importance of
diplomacy has significantly increased amid the current crisis in international
relations, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with the CSTO
ministers of foreign affairs on 17 July.“In the current crisis of international relations the
importance of diplomacy is increasing significantly. It is the diplomats who
must demonstrate their ability and eliminate the slightest chance of the
disputable matters being resolved by military means,” the head of state noted. According to Alexander Lukashenko,
the major goal of diplomacy is to create the necessary conditions for bringing
the positions of all stakeholders together and elaborating coordinated
approaches. “Only with the consolidation of efforts it is possible to fight
global challenges and threats. Therefore, the priority of Belarus’ presidency in
the CSTO is to strengthen the CSTO authority in the international arena,” the
Belarusian leader said.In his
words, a multifunctional structure has been developed in the CSTO. It has all
necessary instruments to efficiently counteract modern challenges and threats.
“We cannot feel satisfied with what we have achieved so far. The global
situation is alarming. We need to pay close attention to the security of our
states, both military and political,” the president said. According to Alexander Lukashenko, the geography and
areas of conflicts of interests between certain countries and entire coalitions
are expanding, while universally acknowledged instruments of maintaining
international peace and security are becoming weaker. “As a result, the attempts
of disrupting the balance of powers are multiplying,” said the head of
state.The president said that not
long ago he met with the CSTO defense ministers and secretaries of the security
councils: “We outlined the areas we need to focus our attention in order to
strengthen the military component of the organization, consolidate
law-enforcement measures in counteracting the biggest present-day challenges,
which include terrorism, drugs trafficking, illegal migration, trafficking in
persons, and cybercrime.”

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