The meeting was also attended by heads of the Security Councils of: Armenia headed by Armen Grigoryan, Belarus - Stanislav Zassev, Kyrgyzstan - Damir Sagynbayev, Russia - Nikolai Patrushev, Tajikistan - Abdurakhim Kakhharov and CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov.
The importance of today's meeting was determined by the need to increase the level of interaction in the sphere of ensuring collective security in the face of the deterioration of the international situation and the growth of conflict potential, destabilizing the situation in certain regions of the world.
A constructive exchange of views on a wide range of contemporary challenges and threats in the CSTO responsibility zone was held during the meeting of the CSSC.
According to Nurlan Yermekbayev, special attention was paid to further strengthening of the CSTO, countering terrorism, drug trafficking, information security.
"Today's meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Kazakh side, because Kazakhstan chairs this organization during this year. Head of our State, Nursultan Nazarbayev, for the period of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the CSTO, identified five main priorities. They were supported by all member states. This is cooperation in the military sphere, in the military-technical sphere, in the field of combating international extremism and terrorism, in the sphere of combating illicit drug trafficking and in the sphere of information security", N. Yermekbayev said.
In the format of the organization, an effective system was created to effectively ensure the protection of the national interests, territorial integrity and sovereignty of each CSTO member states.
"There is a practical experience in countering new challenges and threats, collective operational response forces, collective aviation forces and peacekeeping forces have been formed. The CSTO conducts complex activities within the framework of the operations "Channel", "Illegal" and "PROXY". Every year, the forms and methods of the work are improved", the Secretary of the Security Council of Kazakhstan said.
N. Yermekbayev noted the effectiveness and relevance of regular meetings of the secretaries of the security councils, which are aimed at increasing the efficiency of the organization as a whole.
"We can say that today's meeting was an important step towards the preparation of a collective security council at the level of the Heads of State, whose meeting will be held, as we agreed, in the second half of this year in Astana", N. Yermekbayev summed up his speech.
Secretary General of the CSTO Yuri Khachaturov, summing up the results of the meeting of the CSCE, told the media that the secretaries of the security councils of the CSTO member states together with the invited persons held a thorough exchange of views on pressing issues of countering the challenges and threats to collective security in the area of responsibility of the Organization.
"The participants noted the need to strengthen stability and security in the CSTO space, take effective measures to build the Organization's capacity to counter the full range of challenges and threats, and outline measures for mutual support in this area. In particular, the effectiveness of the measures taken to coordinate the efforts of the CSTO member states in the field of combating terrorism and extremism was analyzed in detail", Yuri Khachaturov said.
At the end of the meeting, the secretaries of the security councils signed 11 documents.
Among the most significant of them was the Action Plan for the development of coordinated information policy in the interests of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization prepared to implement joint practical measures aimed at further developing coordinated information policy in the interests of the CSTO member states.
In addition, a number of documents related to the further development of military cooperation between member states, the preparation of the Collective Forces of CSTO for the fulfillment of tasks for designation, as well as the training of military personnel, have been adopted.
"As I see it, and according to the participants' assessments, the event was productive, and the decisions taken during its decision will contribute to strengthening the security of the CSTO member states", the CSTO Secretary General said.
He stressed that further work will be carried out in accordance with the plan approved by President of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Collective Security Council of the CSTO Nursultan Nazarbayev, to implement the decisions of the November (2017) session of the CSTO Collective Security Council and the priorities proposed by Kazakhstan for the period of chairmanship in the Organization.
For reference: the Collective Security Treaty (CST) was signed on May 15, 1992 in Tashkent. On May 14, 2002, the Collective Security Council at a session in Moscow decided to transform the mechanisms and structures of cooperation of the CST member states into an international regional organization, the "Collective Security Treaty Organization", giving it the appropriate status. On September 18, 2003 the CSTO Charter came into force. The Collective Security Treaty Organization includes: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. At the previous sessions of the CSSC in Minsk (June, 2017) and Yerevan (June, 2016), the secretaries of the security councils considered issues of information security and additional measures to combat terrorism.
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