MOSCOW, 13 April (BelTA) – The Military Committee of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) discussed how joint combat training exercises will be held this year during a session held in Astana, Kazakhstan on 13 April and chaired by First Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan Murat Maikeyev, BelTA learned from CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov.
In his speech Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff Anatoly Sidorov said when the joint tactical and strategic exercise Combat Brotherhood 2018 will be held and what the exercise will involve. The preliminary composition of the forces to be deployed, the organization of control over joint training sessions and exercises were mentioned. Participants of the session also discussed the procedure for arranging joint combat training exercises in 2018 and materiel support for the CSTO collective forces. A number of agreements were reached with a view to bolstering the collective security of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states.
During the session Chairman of the CSTO Military Committee Murat Maikeyev drew attention to priority avenues in the CSTO's work in the military field. The avenues were suggested by Kazakhstan in the course of its CSTO presidency in 2018. Measures to implement the priority avenues were mentioned.
Chiefs of the general staffs of the armies of the CSTO member states and CSTO Deputy Secretary General Piotr Tikhonovsky took part in the CSTO Military Committee session.
The CSTO Military Committee was established by the relevant decision of the CSTO Defense Ministers Council on 19 December 2012 with a view to promptly discussing matters of planning, deployment, and development of assets and forces of the CSTO collective security system, and the development of the necessary proposals.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) comprises six countries: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.