27 Nov 2019 20:09

CSTO member states' FMs, defense ministers, security council secretaries discuss situation in region, cybersecurity

MOSCOW. Nov 27 (Interfax) - The foreign and defense ministers and the secretaries of the security councils of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have discussed the military-political situation in its regions, the press service for the office of the Russian Security Council said.

"The participants of the meeting discussed the military-political situation in the CSTO's collective security regions and considered the draft documents, which are to be discussed and signed during the CSTO heads of state meeting on November 28," the press service said.

The draft documents deal with the improvement of international interaction and cooperation in order to consolidate global and regional security, the plan of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary in the Great Patriotic War, the introduction of amendments to the CSTO laws and regulations, the development of integration ties between the enterprises and organizations of the defense industries, and organizing and hosting joint work in research, development, and engineering, the Security Council said.

"Additionally, the matters dealing with countering the crimes in the sector of information technologies and the priority tracks of activities during Russia's chairmanship in the CSTO were addressed," the press service said.

The decision was made at the session to hold the next meeting of the CSTO Council of the secretaries of the security councils in Moscow in April 2020.

It was reported earlier that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev represent Russia at the session.

The CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.