MOSCOW, 24 November (BelTA) – The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are discussing a draft agreement on the joint materiel and medical support for the organization's troops (collective forces). Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov mentioned it during a session of the working group on materiel and technical support for the CSTO forces under the CSTO Defense Ministers Council on 24 November, BelTA has learned.
While speaking about the improvement of the legal base that regulates matters of materiel support for the CSTO forces, Anatoly Sidorov informed participants of the session about progress in the intrastate reconciliation of the draft agreement on the joint materiel and medical support for the organization's troops (collective forces). The document is being developed in order to regulate the organization and implementation of materiel, technical, and medical support for the CSTO forces as the troops carry out collective security missions or participate in combat training events.
Participants of the session discussed the payment for transportation of the troops by rail in the territory of the CSTO member states before and during CSTO exercises, the organization of repairs and restoration of weapons and military hardware of the CSTO forces. Results of the logistic support and materiel exercise Echelon 2020 for the CSTO collective rapid response forces were discussed as well.
The videoconference meeting was chaired by the chairman of the working group, Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Army General Dmitry Bulgakov. Deputy defense ministers of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, a deputy chairman of the State Committee for Defense Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, and a deputy chief of support services of the Armed Forces of Armenia took part in the meeting.