MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) – A meeting of the Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) took place in Russia's Saint Petersburg on 9 June, BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.
Taking part in the meeting were representatives of defense agencies of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan as well as a delegation of the Secretariat of the CIS Defense Ministers Council.
Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Beketzhan Zhumakhanov read out the welcoming address on behalf of Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev. The meeting of the Chiefs of Staff Committee takes place ahead of a tragic date – the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, the address reads. The venue of the meeting is also symbolic. Residents of Saint Petersburg demonstrated unbending will, courage, and heroism during the war. Sergei Lebedev expressed confidence that citizens of the CIS member states, being worthy of the Great Victory, will make everything possible to ensure peace and security in the CIS.
The welcoming address also mentioned that the current situation in the world is far from stable, the tensions have only been mounting for the past years. Comparing notes about military aspects of the efforts to counter international terrorism and other challenges and threats paves the way for more effective work to ensure national security of all member states and the CIS as a whole.
According to the Belarusian Defense Ministry, the committee also heard out Russia's report about the military and political situation in the world and its influence on the security of the CIS member states.
The heads of the delegations discussed the status of implementation of the military cooperation concept through 2025 and the preparations for the joint exercise Boyevoye Sodruzhestvo 2021 [Combat Commonwealth]. The participants of the meeting also exchanged opinions about the current military and political situation in the world and discussed the military cooperation agenda.