6 Jun 2018 11:31

Int'l terrorism main threat for CIS countries - Shoigu

KYZYL (Tuva). June 6 (Interfax-AVN) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu notes common priorities that unite CIS member states.

"The format of the CIS Council of Defense Ministers gives an opportunity to expand the range of interaction given national and common interests. Today's meeting is an important step on this path. I wish fruitful work for the benefit of our countries," Shoigu said whilst opening the meeting of the CIS Council of Defense Ministers in Kyzyl, Russia's internal republic of Tuva, on Wednesday.

"It is quite symbolic that the meeting of the defense ministers of neighboring states is taking place in the geographic center of Asia, Kyzyl. Common borders and common historic ties let us have a confidential dialogue on the most topical issues," he said.

Common priorities such as neighborliness, mutually beneficial cooperation, and regional stability bring CIS partners together, he said.

"We are facing common challenges and threats, primarily international terrorism, which is vividly proved by recent events," Shoigu said.