MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to pay a working visit to Minsk on Thursday to take part in the meeting of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a Post-Soviet security bloc, the Kremlin press service said.
"There are plans to discuss key issues of cooperation in the organization’s framework, topical international and regional issues, and also measures on further improving the CSTO’s collective security system," the press service said.
The sides plan to sign a number of documents, including the declaration on occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty and the 15th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
The agreement on collective security was signed on May 15, 1992, and the agreement on setting up the Collective Security Treaty Organization was inked on October 7, 2002. As of now, the organization includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The CSTO collective rapid reaction forces have 22,000 personnel, and another 3,500 are part of the peacekeeping forces, the organization’s Secretary-General Yuri Khatchaturov said.