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Russian Defense Ministry would like to see allies have compact, mobile armies

April 27, 10:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the minister, "stronger CSTO borders spell better security for Russia"
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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu

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MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry would like to see the allied countries create compact and mobile armed forces equipped with the most advanced weapons and vehicles, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has said.

"We would like to have our allies and partners have compact and highly mobile armies equipped with up-to-date weapons and vehicles and capable of reliably and effectively resisting challenges and threats to national security. The logic of our actions is simple and clear - stronger CSTO borders spell better security for Russia," Shoigu told the 5th Moscow conference on international security.

He said one of the common tasks was to prevent the spread of terrorism to the territories of the CIS member-states. Shoigu specified that particular attention was paid to the "alarming situation" in Central Asia, prone to negative effects of the terrorist threat from Afghanistan.

"We are certain that the Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are safeguards of regional stability. In cooperation with our allies we are strengthening their combat readiness, which gives Dushanbe and Bishkek greater security," Shoigu said.

Building up SCO military component meets common interests

The official pointed out that building up the military component of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) would meet common interests.

He reminded the audience that the Defense Ministry had suggested an institute of national military advisers at the SCO. He said this "could increase the efficiency of joint action, and also give an opportunity to more actively use the possibilities of the defense agencies for reacting to present-day challenges and threats in the zone of Organization’s responsibility".

The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization found in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

 World has not become any securer over past year

The minister noted that the world has not become any securer since the previous Moscow conference on security while the threshold of weapons use is decreasing.

"The world has not become any securer since our previous meeting. Despite the joint efforts by Russia and other states, the situation in some regions is far from stability. Combat fighting is under way and military bloc thinking is developing. There can be seen the persistent course of some countries towards dictating their will to the international community, using their military advantage. The threshold of weapons use is obviously decreasing," Shoigu said at the 5th Moscow conference on international security.

Projects dangerous for the destinies of the world continue to be carried out for the plans of "the global missile defense and an instant global strike, including with the use of precision non-nuclear weapons of the large operational radius comparable with nuclear weapons by their effect," the Russian defense minister said.

"This undermines the already fragile architecture of international and regional security, he added.

"In this situation, new proposals are in demand as never before on strengthening equitable and mutually respected military cooperation, which should contribute to the elaboration of explicit and responsible political decisions in the sphere of stability at the global and regional levels," the Russian defense minister said.

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