CSTO defense ministers adopt Collective Forces rapid deployment plan
A plan permitting the rapid deployment of the combined Forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was signed at a meeting of CSTO Defense Ministers' Council in Moscow on Tuesday, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha told reporters.
The session's agenda included ten topics, among them possible scenarios and measures to bolster military-technological cooperation between the organization's member states, he said.
"A plan for the rapid deployment of Collective CSTO Forces was signed," Bordyzha said.
"Measures were also addressed aimed at enhancing military-technological cooperation and stepping up our work to increase the effectiveness of the organization's military component in response to the latest changes in the military-political situation both in Central Asia and the East European region," he said.
The Moscow event was attended by the defense ministers of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, as well as officials from the Secretariat, the Joint Staff of the CSTO and the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Among other things at the Moscow meeting, CSTO defense ministers discussed mutual support amid mounting external threats, said Russia's First Deputy Defense Minister, Arkady Bakhin.
"Possible ways of mutual support of CSTO member states amid escalating external threats and political and economic pressure have been considered," he told reporters on Tuesday.
The defense ministers spoke about conditions in the CSTO responsibility zone and the situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine. They also planned the future development of the CSTO military component.
"We could not help but express our concern about the color revolution problem - a new trouble many countries in the Middle East, North Africa and our neighbors in the post-Soviet space have experienced. Color revolutions become a significant factor for destabilization of the political landscape," Bakhin continued.
The socioeconomic and political problems of concrete states presented along with "democratization" slogans are being used by external forces to replace inconvenient governments with regimes controlled from abroad.
"Such "missionary" activity brings chaos and the sharp exacerbation of inter-ethnic and inter-religious confrontations and civilian blood is spilled as a result. What may seem impossible is now happening, microbes of the 20th century political plague, fascism, are coming back to life, moreover, in countries which lost millions fighting [the Nazis]," the first deputy defense minister stated.
The development of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) military component was mapped out at a meeting of the CSTO Council of Defense Ministers, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.
"We have exchanged opinions about the military strategic situation and conditions in the CSTO responsibility zone, which are taking shape under the influence of global trends and events evolving in neighboring regions for the past few months. We have also discussed military cooperation in the CSTO format and planned further steps in the development of the organization's military component," Shoigu said.
He thanked all the participants in the annual Moscow Security Conference held in late May.
"I thank everyone who visited Moscow and addressed the conference. Your attendance made a strong contribution to the discussion of pressing global security issues," the minister said.
The latest conference was attended by about 300 guests from over 40 countries and five international organizations.
"The impact of the so-called "color revolutions" and regional conflicts on global security was the center of attention," Shoigu added.
CSTO officials to discuss plan of security, defence policy consultations
A meeting of the Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Moscow on Tuesday will discuss a plan for consultations over foreign policy issues, security and defense in the second half of this year and the first half of 2015, as well as a plan of the rapid deployment of CSTO forces.
Taking part in the meeting, to be chaired by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, will be CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha, who will report on the situation in the CSTO responsibility zone and topical issues of military cooperation.
Among other participants are the defense ministers of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, as well as representatives of the CSTO Secretariat and the Collective Rapid Reaction Force.
The CSTO officials are expected to visit a Russian missile defense unit in Moscow region protecting the central industrial district, and see armaments and equipments in service with the Russian army.
Russia, China agree to intensify potential of regional organizations - official
Russia and China have agreed to intensify mechanisms for cooperation with Central Asia and increase the potential of regional groups, primarily the Collective Security Cooperation Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
"Russia’s initiative on creating a universal center for countering modern threats and challenges is of paramount significance. We’re grateful to China for supporting our efforts," the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev said on Friday.
Commenting on Afghanistan’s influence upon regional security, he said, "I’m confident that the military presence of extra-regional forces in Central Asia should be linked with stabilization efforts in Afghanistan."
"It is not incidental that in the last months terrorists stepped up the actions in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region," Patrushev said.
"We expressed condolences to our Chinese friends over the tragic terrorist attacks in this area," he said.
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