TASHKENT, April 17. /TASS/. The orbital cluster of Russia’s aerospace force may at some future date be considered as the basis for a common defense doctrine of the CIS member-states, the acting deputy chief of the CIS Executive Committee Agybai Smagulov said on Tuesday.
"It is obvious today that reliable protection and defense of our borders and air space, including the Russian Aerospace Force’s orbital cluster, over-the-horizon radars and air defense missile complexes alongside resistance to international terrorism are becoming a major component of the defense doctrine," he said at a meeting of the coordinating committee for the CIS air defense affairs.
Smagulov said the events of the past few decades were clear evidence that predictable military threats and the content and nature of military conflicts "involve the massive use of air forces and missile attacks."
"Last week’s missile strike against Syria was fresh evidence how correct this point of view is. There are reasons to believe that smart weapons will become the main means of conducting military operations and the main foreign policy instrument of influence," the CIS Executive Committee’s official said.
Creation of an integral air defense system and, in the long term, aerospace defense of the CIS member-states "may furnish a solid basis for a future architecture of common security," Smagulov said.
"In the current situation where smart weapons and aerospace strikes become widely spread the anti-missile defense looks as a corner stone of ensuring national security," he concluded.