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ASTANA, October 15. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will participate in the session of the Council of foreign ministers of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries in Astana on Thursday.
The Russian foreign ministry said 22 issues were on the agenda for the ministerial meeting that will focus on key spheres of CIS development. Cooperation in ensuring security will be on top of the agenda. The foreign ministers will consider draft laws on military cooperation of CIS member countries until 2020 and decide on introducing amendment to the decision of the CIS council of prime ministers on basic organization in the sphere of researching the problems of air defense from 30 May 2012.
The ministers will discuss draft decrees on appointing a head of the anti-terrorist center of CIS member countries and draft agreement on establishing joint investigative groups. They will also focus on the procedures of conducting international investigations.
In the framework of strengthening cooperation in the law enforcement sphere, the participants will discuss the agreement initiated by the Russian side on establishing a Council of heads of penitentiary services and adopting a convention on implementing court decisions toward individuals sentenced to punishment other than imprisonment.
The issues of deepening cooperation in the sphere of preventing and providing disaster relief after natural disasters and technological catastrophes, as well as in the sphere of ecological monitoring, will also be on the agenda.
The ministers will also consider draft statements of CIS leaders on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and on fighting against international terrorism, along with statements on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. In the context of preparing for the upcoming 25th anniversary of CIS, it is planned to approve a draft event plant.
Work on strengthening cooperation in CIS will continue on October 16 at the Council of CIS leaders.