More Than 2,000 Belarusian Soldiers to Participate in CSTO’s Rapid Reaction Force

Belarussian troops in Minsk parade

From RIA Novosti: Belarus will contribute more than 2,000 troops to the post-Soviet security group’s rapid reaction force, the country’s defense minister, Yury Zhadobin, said on Wednesday.

The Belarusian parliament finally ratified earlier on Wednesday an agreement on the creation of the rapid reaction force as part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The CSTO is seen as Moscow’s bid to counterbalance NATO.

"About 2,000 people will be allocated from [Belarus’s] armed forces, about 80 from the Interior Ministry, some 30 from the Emergencies Ministry, and about 30 from the KGB," Zhadobin said, adding that officers from KGB’s special anti-terrorism units will be involved in the CSTO’s military force.

The decision on the participation of Belarusian troops in CSTO operations is to be made by the Belarusian president in each specific case, the defense minister said.  (photo: Reuters)

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