Belarus cannot participate in the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas, since it is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). This was announced by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration Olena Zerkal on the air of 5 TV Channel.
"As far as I know, Belarus has not withdrawn from the CSTO and is a member of this organization, and if we exclude NATO, it is very logical that we do not say that the CSTO countries are also participating in the mission," Zerkal said.
Zerkal also commented on the talks about the peacekeeping mission. In particular, she stressed that the "DNR" and "LNR" are not parties to the negotiations, therefore, the efforts of Ukraine and its Western partners are aimed at making Russian Federation understand that "no one will play by its rules."
The organization of the Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) is a military-political international organization that includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan. The organization is considered as the main interstate tool designed to counter regional challenges and threats of military-political and military-strategic nature, including combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
As it was reported earlier the Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei said that the country is ready to send its peacekeepers to Donbas to settle the situation in the region. Makei stressed that “there is no place for sanctions in the international relations.”
As it was reported earlier the military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and Belarus has decreased due to the status of Minsk as a platform for peaceful resolution of the Donbas conflict, as head of State military-industrial committee of Belarus Oleg Dvigalev said.