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Eurasia: Belarusian Security Official to Become New CSTO Head

1 MIN READMay 23, 2019 | 16:21 GMT

What Happened: Stanislav Zas, the state secretary of Belarus' security council, has been approved as the next head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Belsat reported May 22.

Why It Matters: Zas will replace Yuri Khachaturov as leader of the CSTO, who was detained following the 2018 Velvet Revolution in Armenia. Although the position is largely ceremonial, the approval of a Belarusian candidate could help strengthen military ties between Russia and Minsk.

Background: The CSTO is the primary military alliance between post-Soviet countries and includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

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