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MOSCOW, November 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The Council of Defense Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) member countries at a meeting in Moscow on Thursday summarized the results of its activity in 2013 and approved a plan of work for 2014, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters.
“We place special emphasis on the improvement of the joint military systems,” he said.
According to Shoigu, the meeting participants approved a plan of activities of the Joint CIS Air Defense System for 2014. They also determined measures aimed at the development and improvement of the joint radiation, chemical and biological control and assessment system, the Parol (Password) joint state radar identification system, the system of information exchange on air safety issues and mechanisms of interaction between engineer troops and military meteorologists.
The ministers, he continued, made a decision to organize jointly with the security bodies and intelligence services of the CIS states the training of anti-terrorism experts. It was also decided to hold in 2014 within the framework of the humanitarian cooperation development the all-army Olympiad of cadets and Spartakiad games of the friendly armies of the Commonwealth.
Shoigu said that he had held bilateral “substantive and productive meetings” with the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. They focused on issues of military and military-technical cooperation.
After the meeting, Shoigu handed the Badges “For Merits in Strengthening Military Cooperation” to the head of the coordination service of the CIS Border Troops Commanders Council, Colonel-General Alexander Manilov and to head of the CIS Anti-Terrorism Centre, Police Colonel-General Andrei Novikov.