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Chiefs of CSTO General Staff agree to continue monitoring military-political situation

November 17, 2014, 10:36 UTC+3 YEKATERINBURG
“Challenges and threats which the CSTO member-states are facing, have a complex character: economic, political and informational,” Russia's chief of General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov said
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 Russia's chief of General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov

Russia's chief of General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov

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YEKATERINBURG, November 17. /TASS/. At the first extended meeting of the Military Committee of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s Urals, on Monday, the chiefs of General Staff of the member-states agreed to continue the regular monitoring of the military-political situation.

Russia's first deputy defense minister and chief of General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov said the results of the monitoring will be sent to the CSTO member-states every month.

“Challenges and threats which the CSTO member-states are facing, have a complex character: economic, political and informational,” Gerasimov said. “That’s why today at the session in Yekaterinburg we agreed to continue the regular monitoring of the military-political situation,” he said, thanking the participants for a “constructive dialogue.”

Yekaterinburg hosts the first extended meeting of the CSTO Military Committee with the participation of plenipotentiary envoys of the bloc’s member-states. Earlier the meeting involved only chiefs of General Staff.

The meeting, attended by CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha, focuses on establishing a joint system of air and missile defense of the CSTO and organizing management of the collective forces of the bloc.

The parties will also sum up major joint operations and training this year and measures to improve training of troops of the CSTO member-states at military institutions.

The Military Committee, established under the auspices of the CSTO Council of defense ministers, consists of chiefs of General Staff of member-states and the head of CSTO Joint Staff, Lieutenant General Alexander Studenikin.

The CSTO, established in 1992, is comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. In 2002, the six post-Soviet states agreed to create the CSTO as a military alliance.

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