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Post-Soviet military bloc agrees extra measures to fight terrorism

October 14, 19:00 UTC+3 YEREVAN
The Collective Security Treaty Organization Council has also approved a strategy of the bloc’s collective security through 2025
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YEREVAN, October 14. /TASS/. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has agreed a list of additional measures to counter international terrorism and extremism, according to the documents signed after a session of the post-Soviet security bloc’s Collective Security Council on Friday.

The CSTO Council has also approved a strategy of the bloc’s collective security through 2025, the provisions on compiling a single list of organizations recognized as terrorist groupings and the statements by the heads of the CSTO member states on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The heads of the CSTO member states adopted a statement on the impact of unilateral measures for deploying a global missile shield system on international security and stability, a statement on ensuring the security of state borders within the area of the CSTO responsibility, heard a report by the CSTO Secretary-General and made a decision on the Center of the post-Soviet security bloc’s crisis response.

Also, the CSTO Collective Security Council made a decision on the concept of standardizing CSTO armaments and military hardware and the concept of developing the system of training military personnel for the armed forces of the Organization’s member states through 2020.

The other decisions made by the CSTO Council include a protocol on establishing military contingents of the CSTO Rapid Reaction Collective Forces and a protocol on their structure and stationing, as well as a decision on the CSTO member states’ response to emergency situations, a decision on the Organization’s budget for 2017 and a protocol decision on the time and the place of holding the Council’s next session.

New secretary general

The issue of a new secretary general of the CSTO will be discussed at a summit in Russia’s St. Petersburg at the end of the current year, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said.

"In the narrow format, we removed the issue of a new CSTO secretary general from the agenda," he said. "We will discuss this issue at the end of the year in St. Petersburg."

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