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16 November 2023, 19:14

Work in progress to set up new units in CSTO collective forces

Anatoly Sidorov. An archive photo
Anatoly Sidorov. An archive photo

MOSCOW, 16 November (BelTA) – Work is in progress to set up new units as part of the collective forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, BelTA learned from Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov on 16 November.

As part of developing the military component of the coalition the CSTO Joint Staff in association with the CSTO Secretariat, interested ministries and government agencies of the CSTO member states pays close attention to the development of all components of the CSTO collective forces, to bringing their structure, composition, and equipment into compliance with existing challenges and threats to military security of the countries. Close attention is also paid to improving their training levels, Anatoly Sidorov noted.

The CSTO Joint Staff organizes and coordinates further development of the collective rapid deployment forces of the Central Asia region, the collective rapid response forces, and the peacemaking forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. “Together with the defense ministries and base scientific research organizations we prepare proposals for supreme leadership to authorize the radical improvement of the aviation component of the Collective Security Treaty Organization by including combat aviation into the collective aviation forces followed by adjustments to the structure, the composition, tasks, the standing procedures for managing and for providing logistic support,” the CSTO Joint Staff chief noted.

In order to ensure adequate and effective responses to modern challenges and threats to collective security work is in progress to set up new components as part of the CSTO collective forces. Due to emerging threats to biological security in line with the decision made by the heads of state a joint unit was established in 2022 for radiation, chemical, and biological protection and medical support. It was established for the sake of enabling safe medical and biological conditions during deployment and use of the coalition forces. If necessary, the unit will also contribute to collective efforts in response to massive and fast spread of dangerous infectious diseases. The new unit went through the special exercise Barrier 2023 in the territory of the Republic of Belarus in 2023.

Work continues to build up the peacemaking potential of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, including by beefing up its medical component, for the sake of using it in international peacekeeping operations under the aegis of the United Nations Organization. Medical groups and medical specialists detached by the CSTO member states were included into the CSTO peacemaking forces in 2022 for the sake of setting up a joint (combined) medical unit of the CSTO member states, Anatoly Sidorov added.

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