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MOSCOW, August 28 (Itar-Tass) — The chiefs of general staff of the armed forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states will gather in the Russian capital on Tuesday.
Saken Zhasuzakov, the chief of the CSTO joint staff, the first deputy defense minister and the head of the Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Defense Ministry of Kazakhstan, is going to preside over the meeting which will be attended b the CSTO general secretary Nikolai Bordyuzha, a source at the CSTO press service told Itar-Tass.
“The military chiefs will discuss the guidelines for developing the military component of the CSTO, ways of improving the structure of the organization’s collective security system as well as the results of inspection of formations and military units of the CSTO members states that are meant to be part of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force or the Peacekeeping force,” the source went on to say.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is an international security organization that currently comprises six countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The organization was created on the basis of the Collective Security Treaty which the heads of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan singed on May 15, 1992.
Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus joined the Treaty in 1993.
Azerbaijan, Georgia and Uzbekistan refused to extend the treaty in 1999 and consequently pulled out of it. Uzbekistan renewed its membership six years after in August 2006. However, it suspended its CSTO activities again in June 2012.
The Collective Security Treaty received the status of an international regional organization on May 14, 2002 when the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was formed.
The CSTO is a multifunctional universal international security structure which has several areas of work: coordination of foreign policy, military cooperation, struggle against international terrorism and crime, drug trafficking and illegal migration; prevention and liquidation of the aftermaths of natural disasters and manmade accidents.
The CSTO comprises the Collective Rapid Reaction Force, the Peacekeeping force as well as regional groups of forces and collective security means, including the Collective Rapid Deployment Force in Central Asia; the East European (Russia and Belarus) and Caucasian (Russia and Armenia) groups.