YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Interior ministers from member states of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization will meet in Yerevan this week for talks on coordinating the activities of their law enforcement agencies as part of the military alliance’s newly established rapid reaction forces, the CSTO press office reported on Monday.
The interior ministers’ session will be from April 15 to April 17 and will focus, among other things, on streamlining cooperation between the different law enforcement bodies of CSTO member states.
The session will coincide with joint training exercises by the special units of the Russian Interior Ministry and the Armenian Police.
The CSTO was formed in 1993 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Intended as a regional counterweight to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Russian-led CSTO brings together Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Earlier in February, the seven-member CSTO decided to establish a rapid reaction force that would transform the traditionally unorganized former Soviet alliance into a NATO-like military organization with a peacekeeping mandate by the United Nations.