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.
Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with ambassadors and permanent and plenipotentiary representatives of the CSTO member states
On January 20, Moscow hosted a working breakfast Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov with ambassadors and permanent and plenipotentiary representatives of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which was also attended by Secretary General of the Organization Stanislav Zas and Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, head of the CSTO Joint Staff.
During the meeting, they discussed further steps to strengthen comprehensive cooperation during the Russian presidency of the Organization this year. The participants also exchanged views on some international and regional topics of interest to the member states of the Organization.