Training of Kyrgyz army servicemen in Russian Defense Ministry's schools important for regional security - Shoigu
BISHKEK. April 30 (Interfax) - The Russian Defense Ministry's schools will keep training servicemen of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces to the benefit of Kyrgyzstan and security in the zone of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)'s responsibility, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
"We will discuss every relevant issue and will highlight education," Shoigu at his talks with Kyrgyz General Staff Chief Maj. Gen. Rayimberdi Duishenbiev in Bishkek on Tuesday.
Cooperation is important for bolstering the potential of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces and regional security, Shoigu said.
Duishenbiev thanked Shoigu for training Kyrgyz servicemen in Russian military schools.
"Our officers and cadets are being trained in Russia's higher military schools. They receive high-grade education for free. After these servicemen return to Kyrgyzstan, they make a colossal input in the provision of defense and security of our country," Duishenbiev said, adding that the servicemen trained in Russia "are way more professional" than their colleagues in the field of theory and practical actions.
Duishenbiev also noted the substantial methodological assistance given by the Central Military District in training Kyrgyz servicemen and the contribution made by Russian officers battle-hardened in Syria.
Similar work is being done in the Joint Group of Forces, Duishenbiev said. "Officers of the Russian Defense Ministry are helping our officers a lot. We have been training together in all formats, including command-and-staff exercises, for the second year in a row," he said.
"We are ready to further our interaction," Duishenbiev said.