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Former Soviet republics defense ministers to discuss common air defense system

December 23, 2015, 9:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Attending the 69th session will be the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
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MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. The CIS Council of Defense Ministers will on Wednesday discuss the development of a common air defense system and communications system, the Russian Defense Ministry’s information department has reported.

Attending the 69th session will be the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, it said.

The session plans to look into more than 20 items on different directions of cooperation between the defense ministries as well as will sum up the results of implementation of the military cooperation concept of the CIS member countries up until 2015 and will plan joint work for the next year.

"Decisions are expected on the development of common air defense system, communications system, expansion of cooperation on humanitarian demining, training of military personnel, joint events of command and combat training as well as military-sports events in the CIS format," the ministry said.

Some bilateral meetings of the defense ministers from the CIS, a loose alliance of former Soviet republics, are expected. They will focus on topical issues of cooperation in the military and military-technical spheres, as well as will approve cooperation plans of their defense agencies for 2016.

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