MOSCOW, 15 December (BelTA) - The first meeting of the CSTO Coordinating Council on Biological Safety was held in St. Petersburg on 15 December, CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov told BelTA.
"The meeting brought together representatives of all member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Members of the Coordinating Council discussed plans for cooperation in terms of joint response to biological threats, coordinated positions on strengthening the regime of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Production of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons, development of joint radiation, chemical and biological protection," the spokesman said.
Anna Popova, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor), the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Russian Federation, was elected Chairperson of the Council.
The Council was established by decision of the CSTO Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils. The mission of the new council is to coordinate activities and cooperation in preventing and countering biological threats, creating a reliable system for ensuring the biological security of the CSTO member states.