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Unified air defense system of CSTO has actually been created - Sergei Shoigu

Unified air defense system of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states has actually been created, and there are corresponding bilateral agreements with each state. The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Rossiya-1 TV channel.

According to him, there is an agreement with each of the countries — with Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Belarus.

«The system, of course, is equipped and working, we periodically conduct exercises and maintain it in combat condition. The unified air defense system, the CIS has it. And the CSTO has in fact done it. If documents are required, we think we will document it. But we have a bilateral agreement with each of the CSTO member states. And according to this bilateral agreement, the system was created,» Sergei Shoigu said.

The agreement between the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic on the creation of a unified regional air defense system of the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic dated August 16, 2022, was ratified by the federal law dated May 29, 2023 No. 183-FZ, and entered into force on November 2.

The document was signed on August 16 last year in Moscow. The unified regional air defense system will be an integral part of the unified air defense system of the CIS.

Russia will receive 5 hectares of land in Kyrgyzstan for temporary use to accommodate its contingent. The coordination of joint actions of the troops will be determined by the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Armed Forces, and joint actions will be managed by the Commander of the Air Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The agreement is concluded for five years with automatic renewal unless either party notifies at least six months before the end of the term of its intention to terminate it.