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Bishkek discusses security threat to countries of Central Asia

In Bishkek, a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the CIS countries analyzed security threats to the states of Central Asia and countering international terrorism.

The meeting passed behind closed doors, and journalists were not allowed to visit it, but later a message about the issues considered at the meeting has been sent.

Thus, information was provided on the practice and capabilities of the international mine action center of the Russian Armed Forces in training demining specialists for the armies of the CIS countries, and the specifics of the implementation of radiation, chemical and biological protection measures, taking into account the experience in Syria.

«The event showed the common ground and approaches in resolving the issues of the Commonwealth countries. The Committee is an excellent platform for discussing the problems of ensuring military security,» Colonel Kubanychbek Orozmatov, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces, said.

Chiefs of General Staff approved ways to expand cooperation in the field of the Unified System of State Radar Identification.

«We summed up the activities of the CIS Armed Forces in 2017, decided on the main tasks for 2018, separately discussed the issue of army games, so that in the future to held them in even greater ways in several countries, discussed engineering support, chemical, biological protection, topo-geodetic support,» Colonel-General Sergei Istrakov, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said.

As Secretary of the Council of Defense Ministers of the CIS countries, Major General Yuri Dashkin added, the year 2017 for this structure and its working groups is «a jubilee — 25 years», «This year there were several practical events that contributed to strengthening the defense capacity of our states and solving issues of joint and national security,» he said.

Following the meeting, documents aimed at improving the system of multilateral military cooperation in the CIS format were signed.

The meeting was attended by the delegations of the armed forces of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.