On July 3, Minsk hosted celebrations dedicated to the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus, in which the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas took part. On July 2, he attended a solemn meeting dedicated to this holiday with the participation of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. On July 3 he laid flowers at the Victory Monument.
Also the celebrations were attended by the Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergey Lebedev, the State Secretary of the Union State of the Republic of Belarus and Russia Grigory Rapota and the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich..
The ceremonies were attended by the ambassadors of the CSTO member states.
Stanislav Zas also held talks with the heads of power structures of the Republic of Belarus on issues of interaction in the CSTO format.
The Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus (the Republic Day) is the main holiday of Belarusian statehood. It is celebrated annually on July 3 in honor of the liberation of the capital of the Republic of Belarus Minsk from Nazi invaders in 1944.
The decision to celebrate the Independence Day on July 3 was made during a republican referendum in 1996.
On the Independence Day, the Days of several Belarusian cities are also celebrated.
The CSTO Permanent Council agreed on draft decisions of the authorized organs
The draft Statement of the CSTO Collective Security Council on improving international interaction and cooperation in order to strengthen global and regional security was considered and agreed.
Members of the Permanent Council also approved the draft Decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council "On the Regulation on the organization and conduct of joint scientific-research and developmental works within the framework of the CSTO".
It was decided to submit the drafts of these documents for consideration during the upcoming in November this year. in Bishkek, a joint meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Arrairs, the Council of Ministers of Defense and the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils of the CSTO.