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13 September 2021, 10:30

Dushanbe to host in-person CSTO summit on 16 September

MOSCOW, 13 September (BelTA) - The Collective Security Council will meet in Dushanbe on 16 September to discuss international and regional security problems and their impact on the security of the CSTO member states. A joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers Council, the Defense Ministers Council and the Committee of Secretaries of CSTO Security Councils will take place on 15 September, CSTO spokesperson Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA.

“A session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will take place in-person in Dushanbe on 16 September 16 under the chairmanship of Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon. Attending the summit will be Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kyrgyzstan President Sadyr Japarov, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon. CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas will also take part in the meeting,” the spokesperson said.

The Collective Security Council members are set to discuss current international and regional security issues and the main results of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's activities during the intersession period. One of the most important issues will be the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the security of CSTO states.

“The Collective Security Council is expected to adopt the Declaration of the Collective Security Council, sign a number of documents related to peacekeeping activities, ensuring the activities of CSTO troops (collective forces) and equipping the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force with modern weapons, military and special equipment, special means, and also consider the CSTO budget 2022,” Vladimir Zainetdinov said.

With the Republic of Armenia taking over the CSTO presidency in 2021-2022, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will present the country's priorities for the implementation.

“A joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers Council, the Defense Ministers Council and the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils will take place on 15 September to discuss the military and political situation in the CSTO regions, the agenda of the upcoming session of the Collective Security Council. A number of important political statements are expected to be adopted, including a joint statement of CSTO states on the situation in Afghanistan,” the spokesman added.

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