MOSCOW, 27 February (BelTA) - CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas, who is on a working visit to Armenia, met with the country's Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA.
“The parties discussed regional and international security issues, and further development of the military component of the CSTO. Particular attention was paid to the development of the CSTO crisis response system, strengthening the capacities of the CSTO Collective Rapid Response Force and the Peacekeeping Forces, joint combat training activities, and the implementation of joint events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War,” Vladimir Zainetdinov said.
Stanislav Zas also held talks with Armenian Security Council Secretary Armen Grigoryan. “The parties discussed the issues of improving the effectiveness of joint fight against terrorism, combating drug trafficking and psychotropic substances. The issue of settlement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone was also on the agenda. Stanislav Zas reiterated the CSTO's position that there is no alternative to the peaceful resolution of the conflict. For his part, Armen Grigoryan outlined the situation on the line of contact between the Armed Forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan. He also stressed the need to resolve the Karabakh issue exclusively peacefully, noting the importance of the CSTO's position,” the CSTO spokesman said.
The CSTO secretary general also presented the programs, that are in the pipeline or already underway, including those on anti-terrorist and military exercises.