MOSCOW (ITAR-TASS)—The leaders of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member countries — Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan — have adopted 22 documents following a summit meeting in the Kremlin on Tuesday. The CSTO heads of state approved a joint statement, 19 resolutions, and two protocols.
“In their joint statement the CSTO heads of state are to voice concern over the growing danger of terrorism and the spread of extremism in Central Asia, including the Afghan factor, and emphasized the need for restoring peace in Ukraine and achieving a peace settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. In other words, they will identify the common stance on the fundamental regional issues,” Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said about the proposed draft.
Among other documents Ushakov singled out the CSTO Council’s decision on checking the readiness of the CSTO collective rapid reaction force for coping with their routine tasks and missions, the CSTO Council’s resolutions on the collective air force, anti-drug strategy and plans for measures to implement guidelines for collective response to emergencies.
The CSTO Council also adopted a resolution on the consultative and coordinating center of the CSTO for responses to cyber threats. One of the protocols concerns “resistance to criminal activities in the information sphere.”
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian participated today in the session of the Collective Security Council of the CSTO in Moscow.
Speaking at the session, Sarkisian briefed his counterparts on the situation in the South Caucasus, particularly the incidents at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the line of contact and underlined that Armenia deems the escalation of tensions around the Karabakh conflict and the militarization of the region unacceptable.
“The documents we adopted today are targeted at fighting the existing and emerging challenges with joint effort. I’m confident they will contribute to the development of the CSTO and the wellbeing of our countries and peoples,” Sarkisian said.
“The adoption of decisions on the further reinforcement of mechanisms of coordinating the foreign policy will be conducive to the raise of the organization’s rating,” the President said.
Sarkisian said the creation of a CSTO joint air force would be a proper step for the development of military cooperation between CSTO member states.
He voiced confidence that the information security package would also serve for the intensification of cooperation between the corresponding structures of the member states.
On Monday, Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian and Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanian participated in the joint session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Council of Defense Ministers and Committee of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO.
Coordination of CSTO member-states’ foreign policy issues, development of military and military-technical cooperation, fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, and information security issues were covered at the meeting.
The CSTO Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha gave a report to the attendees on current activities of the Organization, and goals achieved as a result of closer cooperation.