Yerevan, 24 November 2022 (TDI): President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev attended the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council. The session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was held in Yerevan.

Speech by President Tokayev

Before addressing, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev thanked the members for their greetings on his victory in the Presidential Elections.

He made specific note of the fact that significant geopolitical contradictions and issues are present at the Organization’s Presidents’ Final Summit. Moreover, President Tokayev called for peaceful ways to solve the issues of Afghanistan and Ukraine.

In this vein, he also gave further suggestions for cooperation. He specifically urged for prioritizing the CSTO’s capacity for peacekeeping in the near future.

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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also wished the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko well in his upcoming leadership in 2023. The session ended with the adoption of many documents.

The heads of state voted to designate Imangali Tasmagambetov, a representative of Kazakhstan, to the position of Secretary-General of the CSTO effective January 1, 2023, for a term of three years as part of the rotation schedule.

Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)

Six post-Soviet nations make up the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia.

The countries include Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Belarus. The Soviet Armed Forces, which were replaced in 1992  are the origins of the Collective Security Treaty.

In Article 4 of the Collective Security Treaty (CST), it is stated that aggression against one signatory would be seen as aggression against all. The signatories can not participate in other military coalitions.