On May 24, 2022, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikian, a meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was held via videoconferencing.
The defense ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Lieutenant General Viktor Khrenin), of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Colonel General Ruslan Zhaksylykov), of the Kyrgyz Republic (Lieutenant General Baktybek Bekbolotov), of the Russian Federation (Army General Sergey Shoygu), of the Republic of Tajikistan (Colonel General Sherali Mirzo), as well as the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas and the Head of the CSTO Joint Staff - Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov participated in the meeting.
RIA Novosti news agency: The CSTO called the NATO trainings in Eastern Europe a provocation08.12.2021
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МОСКВА, 6 дек — РИА Новости. MOSCOW, Dec. 6 - RIA Novosti news agency. There are no doubts about the provocative nature of the NATO trainings in Eastern Europe, but it remains unnoticed by international organizations. This was stated by the CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov to Russian YouTube Sputnik channel.
"The current state of affairs in our area of responsibility is as follows. In the Eastern European region, NATO is building up its military groupings and military infrastructure under a far-fetched pretext," he said.
Semerikov added that the number of trainings near the CSTO member States had significantly increased not only in the Eastern European region.
The United States and its NATO allies have recently significantly increased military activity near Russia's borders, in particular, in the Black Sea. The Defense Ministry believes that the United States is trying to create a group of troops near Russia's borders, and one of Washington's goals is the military development of Ukraine. The ministry believes, that the United States is studying the situation in the event of a military solution to the conflict in Donbas.