Regional security organization to meet in Moscow

December 9. RIA Novosti. MOSCOW

Regional security organization to meet in MoscowThe foreign and defense ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will meet in Moscow on Thursday to discuss measures to react to crisis situations, the CSTO said.

The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Wednesday ratified an agreement establishing a rapid reaction force for the regional security group.

The reaction force is designed to improve the security of the CSTO member states against existing and potential threats, including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, and natural disasters, and to enhance the organization’s role in ensuring international security.

The CSTO is comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

The Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF) staged a two-week military exercise in southern Kazakhstan in October 2009 with more than 7,000 troops from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan taking part.

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CSTO agrees peacekeeping measures in emergencies

December 9. RIA Novosti. MOSCOW

The foreign and defense ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states have agreed peacekeeping measures in case of an emergency, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

“The draft document… states not only the CSTO’s readiness to carry out peacekeeping tasks, but also its readiness to provide those forces for peacekeeping operations carried out on the orders of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov said.

It will be handed to the Collective Security Council of the CSTO member states for approval later on Thursday, Lavrov said.

The minister said it was important to the CSTO’s efficiency in case of an emergency.

The CSTO is comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.

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