The CSTO member states believe that signing of agreement on Collective Rapid Reaction Forces is necessary, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said at the end of the meeting of the CSTO Committee of Secretaries in Minsk, BELTA reported.
"There are some differences in positions on use of groups and decision-making, as well as the need for the temporary validity of the agreement prior to its ratification by all countries," Nikolai Bordyuzha said.
He said all interested parties are very sensitive about the issue of development and signing of the agreement, as it covers national legislative framework, including the Constitution. "I hope that the agreement will be completed before June 14 when the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council will be held in Moscow," the CSTO Secretary General said.
In turn, State Secretary of the Belarus Security Council Yuri Zhadobin stated that questions are raised about providing the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces with modern armaments and training of forces involved in the group. "We understand that these challenges will have to be decided on the backdrop of world economic crisis and that this will require appropriate decisions," Yuri Zhadobin said.
He noted that the actions of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will be worked out during the exercises "Rubezh" this autumn. Training will be conducted as a part of a unified regional grouping of Russia and Belarus, but I invited colleagues to work and cooperate within the CSTO," he said.