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    Post  George1 on Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:14 am

    Three CSTO military exercises scheduled for 2020 in Armenia

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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:27 pm

    Chief of Russian General Staff speak on participation of the Kazakhstan's military contingent in the Tsentr 2019 strategic exercise

    Today, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia - First Deputy Minister of Defence, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov met with his Kazakhstan's counterpart in Moscow, Lieutenant General Murat Maykeev.

    “This year we plan a number of important operational and combat training activities. The main one is the participation of the contingent of the Kazakhstan's Armed Forces in the Tsentr 2019 strategic post exercise, said Valery Gerasimov during a conversation with Murat Maykeev.

    According to Valery Gerasimov, Kazakhstan is the main strategic ally and the closest partner of Russia in Central Asia. At the same time, there is successful cooperation not only on a bilateral basis, but also at the sites of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

    "We are improving our unified regional air defence system, joint planning of the use of the armed forces of Russia and Kazakhstan is carried out. We are also actively involved in military-technical cooperation in the field of military personnel training. In addition, the traditionally good exchange of delegations in various areas of the armed forces is organized, ”the Chief of the General Staff of Russia added.

    “A wide range of practical cooperation in the fight against international terrorism is also possible. Given the current military-political situation, I consider this issue important, ” concluded Valery Gerasimov.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:46 pm

    Post-Soviet bloc to eliminate terror bases in Operation Mercenary


    Bloc's Acting Secretary General Valery Semerikov recalled that last year CSTO experts in cooperation with intelligence service and law enforcement authorities analyzed the activity of int'l terrorists


    MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. The member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) plan to carry out Operation Mercenary, a counter-terrorist operation aimed at neutralizing terrorist resource bases on the territory of the CSTO member states, CSTO Acting Secretary General Valery Semerikov told TASS in an interview on Wednesday.

    "The plan of comprehensive operational-preventive activities code-named Operation Mercenary to shut down channels for recruitment and entry/departure for citizens from CSTO countries for participation in the activity of international terrorist organizations was prepared and coordinated. The resource bases of terrorists in the CSTO’s responsibility zone will be also neutralized," he said.

    In 2018, CSTO experts in cooperation with intelligence service and law enforcement authorities analyzed the activity of international terrorists, Semerikov said. Operation Mercenary was prepared based on this analysis. "The plan for the operation was prepared already, and the corresponding coordinating centers were created in the states. Everything is ready for the operation that will involve all CSTO states," he noted, adding that the period and stages of the operation will not be disclosed so far.

    The CSTO forwarded the initiative to carry out Operation Mercenary in 2017. In 2018, the planning of this joint anti-terrorist operation was carried out. It will be aimed at fighting with members of Islamic State, a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia, who are trying to move from Syria to the territory of the states located in the CSTO’s zone of responsibility.
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    Post  George1 on Wed May 22, 2019 6:06 pm

    Belarusian security chief nominated to lead post-Soviet security bloc


    The decision to appoint Stanislav Zas will be taken in autumn during the session of the CSTO Heads of State Council

    BISHKEK, May 22. /TASS/. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Foreign Ministers Council has nominated Belarusian Security Secretary Stanislav Zas for the position of CSTO secretary general, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov stated on Wednesday during the council’s session.

    "In accordance with the proposal, Zas will assume the position of CSTO secretary general from January 1, 2020," the minister said.

    "The decision to appoint Zas will be taken in autumn during the session of the CSTO Heads of State Council," the organization told TASS.

    Top diplomats of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are taking part in the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council held in Bishkek on Wednesday. The Russian delegation is headed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.


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    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:33 pm

    The beginning of the CSTO Interaction-2019 forces exercises in the Nizhny Novgorod Region


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