5 Jun 2018 15:32

CIS defense ministers to discuss cooperation on June 6

KYZYL (Tuva). June 5 (Interfax-AVN) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has arrived in Kyzyl in Russia's Republic of Tuva to preside over a meeting of defense ministers from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries on Wednesday.

"The participants in the session will discuss a number of issues concerning multilateral interaction in defense and security," the Russian defense minister's spokesperson, Rossiyana Markovskaya, told reporters on Tuesday.

The agenda for the meeting includes current and future tasks of military cooperation and ways to promote interaction in battlefield, aerial, and naval training, military education, physical education, and sports. The heads of the CIS countries' military delegations will also analyze the progress made in implementing their military cooperation strategy through 2020 and will plan joint events for 2019.

In addition, the sides are expected to sign an agreement on cooperation in sharing geospatial information in the interests of the CIS states' armed forces and an agreement on operating military-purpose satellite systems.

The June 6 meeting will be attended by delegations from the Defense Ministries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of the CIS Executive Committee, and other CIS agencies. Mongolia's defense minister will attend as a special guest, Markovskaya said.