"We've exchanged our opinions about the military and strategic situation and the situation in the CSTO responsibility area influenced by general international trends, as well as events in neighboring regions in the past two months," Shoigu said. "We also considered military cooperation within the CSTO framework and set guidelines for further efforts towards developing the military element of the organization."
Taking part in the conference were some 300 representatives from more than 40 countries and five international organizations. Special attention was paid to the impact of so-called "color revolutions" and regional conflicts on global security.
The CSTO member-states are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
The CSTO was established in 2002 on the basis of the Collective Security Treaty dated 1992. The provision setting up the Council of CSTO Defense Ministers was adopted by the presidents of all the six countries at the CSTO session in 2000.
The CSTO's objective is to ensure security of each member-state. In case of threat to a CSTO member, all other signatories to the treaty pledge to provide the necessity assistance, including military. This mechanism was used in 1996 and 1998-2000, when political and military assistance was provided to Kyrgyzstan and Taji9kistan. In emergency mode, the CSTO can decide on the use of military force within minutes.