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Prime ministers of former USSR states to discuss joint air defense development

October 30, 2015, 8:41 UTC+3 DUSHANBE
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DUSHANBE, October 30. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will meet the heads of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries in the Tajikistani capital Dushanbe on Friday to discuss a number of issues, including the development of the CIS joint antiaircraft defense system.

The Russian government’s staff told TASS that "the agenda includes 40 documents." Several of them are devoted to "the financial aspects of the creation and development of the CIS joint air defense system and ensuring the activity of the Coordination Committee on air defense under the Council of the Defense Ministers."

Documents relating to cooperation between the states’ law enforcement agencies are to be discussed. They include a "protocol to the Agreement on cooperation in the return of minors to their countries of residence and regulations of the competent authorities on the search for internationally wanted persons."

However, the Russian Cabinet staff said, "the development of trade and economic cooperation and cultural ties will be given the priority." For example, "it is planned to adopt an action plan for the implementation of the third stage (2016-2020) of the CIS Economic Development Strategy." It is aimed at "the development of innovative socially-oriented economy, nuclear energy, alternative fuels, high-technology transport systems, as well as new infrastructure projects."

It is planned to sign a draft agreement on the conditions of the inter-carrier settlements in international telecommunication services in CIS countries.

It is planned to consider a report "on the competitive situation on the markets of pharmaceuticals, devoted to the problems of competition development at all stages of the circulation of pharmaceuticals, the formation of coordinated approaches to their settlement." The CIS government heads will also hear a report on improving the financial literacy level and the development of financial education, which, according to the authors, is "to promote financial education and the formation of an effective system for assurance of consumer rights."

"A draft package of measures until 2020 is aimed at the development and promotion of the use of natural gas as motor vehicle fuel," the government said. An international training centre will be created to this end for specialists in this sphere at the Russian Gubkin State University of Oil and Gas.

Several mores documents which are to be approved by the CIS heads of government are devoted to the young citizens. For example, the plans of activities for 2016-2017 to implement the Strategy of international youth cooperation are aimed at "ensuring the youth’s equal access to education and work, promoting a healthy way of living."

The CIS government heads will also focus on the older generation of their countries. In particular, they have worked out the guidelines for the further development of the health and social care and improving living standards of war veterans - participants in local conflicts and their families until 2020.

The prime ministers also plan to start preparations for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the CIS in 2016. They will consider a plan of action, which includes analytical conferences, a series of exhibitions, fairs and business forums, sports tournaments. The Commonwealth member countries also plan to hold "CIS Weeks."

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