26 Apr 2019 14:51

CSTO defense ministers to discuss Central Asia security threats in Bishkek

MOSCOW. April 26 (Interfax) - The Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will meet in Kyrgyzstan's capital on Tuesday, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov said.

"The defense ministers will discuss challenges and threats to security in the Central Asian collective security region and joint efforts to reduce tensions along the Tajik-Afghan border, as well as discussing the CSTO member states' collective action plan to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy for 2019-2021," he said.

The meeting participants are also expected to discuss a series of documents to jointly prepare control centers and form units of forces and hardware of the CSTO collective security system for next year, including regulations for information interaction of the CSTO Crisis Response Center and a schedule for consultations between the member states' representatives on foreign policy, security, and defense in the second half of 2019 and the first half of 2020.

The sides also plan to adopt a decision to establish the council's working group in charge of logistics support of the organization's collective forces.