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CSTO meeting focuses on Syria and Afghanistan

September 23, 2013, 13:14 UTC+3
Russia takes over presidency of the CSTO from Kyrgyzstan in 2014
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Photo ITAR-TASS/ EPA/ SERGEI ILNITSKY

Photo ITAR-TASS/ EPA/ SERGEI ILNITSKY

SOCHI, September 23 (Itar-Tass) - A joint meeting of the CSTO Foreign Ministers’ Council, the Defence Ministers’ Council, and the Committee of Security Councils’ Secretaries has discussed initiatives to strengthen security on the Tajik-Afghan border and a draft statement on the situation in Syria and around it, spokesman for the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Vladimir Zainetdinov said on Monday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the meeting.

As Russia takes over presidency of the CSTO from Kyrgyzstan in 2014, the Russian side informed delegates on the priorities of its future activity.

The joint meeting also discussed a plan for enhancing military cooperation among CSTO member-states until 2020, deployment of CSTO peacekeeping forces and formation of forces and means of the collective security system for 2014.

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