Post-Soviet security bloc to discuss setting up joint air, missile defense system

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), established in 1992, is comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan

YEKATERINBURG, November 17. /TASS/. Chiefs of General Staff are due to gather for the first extended meeting of the Military Committee of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s Urals, on Monday to discuss security challenges.

“The first extended session of the CSTO Military Committee with participation of plenipotentiary envoys of the CSTO member-states is due to be held on November 17 in Yekaterinburg on the base command of the Central Military District headed by Army General Valery Gerasimov, who is the chairman of the Military Committee, the chief of the General Staff and the first deputy defense minister,” CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov said.

The meeting, to be attended by CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha, is expected to focus on establishing a joint system of air and missile defense of the CSTO and organizing management of the Collective forces of the bloc.

The parties will also sum up major joint operations and training this year and measures to improve training of troops of the CSTO member-states at military institutions.

The Military Committee of CSTO will discuss measures to improve coordination while conducting military exercises, deputy secretary-general of the security bloc said. “In particular, serious faults were found in the cooperation between the forces and means,” Valery Semerikov said, adding that similar issues are to be discussed at the Council of collective security involving heads of states due on December 23 in Moscow.

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