YEREVAN, November 23. /TASS/. Russia supports the decision to arm the CSTO peacekeeping forces with modern weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit on Wednesday.
"It can be stated with satisfaction that the very valuable practical experience gained during the peacekeeping operation in Kazakhstan was analyzed by us and the organization’s secretariat. Russia unconditionally supports the important decision, submitted for our approval, to equip the CSTO peacekeeping force with modern weapons, military equipment, and also special gear," Putin said.
Russia firmly supports the decisions to improve the CSTO communications system, create a joint radiation, chemical, biological protection and medical support unit, and the functioning of a unified technical support system the CSTO railways.
The Russian leader also mentioned the expansion of military-technical cooperation among the CSTO member states. The CSTO interstate military-economic commission participates in activities along this track. Putin said that the special services and law enforcement agencies were taking joint action in combating extremism and terrorism, transnational crime, illegal migration and drug trafficking, and in providing protection from natural and man-made emergencies.
"Of course, all of us are firmly united by the common work for preserving the memory of the common history of our states and of our peoples’ common victory in the Great Patriotic War," Putin stressed.