CSTO Agrees to Launch Military Training Ground for Collective Rapid Reaction Force

Apr 27. MFA

CSTO Agrees to Launch Military Training Ground for Collective Rapid Reaction ForceSecurity Council Secretaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) expressed their readiness to establish military training ground for the Organisation’s Collective Rapid Reaction Force during the meeting in Astana on April 27.

Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan – Secretary of the Security Council Committee Marat Tazhin chaired the meeting that was attended by the CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.

During the talks in the narrow format, the sides thoroughly discussed joint measures for countering the emerging challenges and threats to collective security, which have a significant impact on the situation in the CSTO zone of responsibility.

“We have discussed the whole range of issues on our agenda, including the pace of preparation for the Collective Security Council, which will be held on May 15 in Moscow. It was a very timely and important exchange of views on the international and regional policy,” Marat Tazhin said at a press statement following the meeting.

“The year 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Treaty and 10th anniversary of the Organization,” he noted.

The participants also paid close attention to the current challenges facing the CSTO member states, the improvement of military cooperation, counteraction to illicit drug trafficking, information security, as well as finding new ways to combat illegal migration.

“In addition, we have approved a very important document – a Consultation Plan, which encompasses the themes of the future consultations to be held by the CSTO member states in order to develop clear positions and proposals that are required to respond to various global and regional security challenges,” Bordyuzha noted.

Security Council Secretaries approved the decision on the establishment of basic training ground for special operation units of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force in Moscow. In 2009, an agreement to create the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (KSOR) was reached by five of the seven members, with plans finalized on June 14. The force is intended to be used to repulse military aggression, conduct anti-terrorist operations, fight transnational crime and drug trafficking, and neutralize the effects of natural disasters.

The decision aims to improve the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Force and other units of ministries and departments of the CSTO member states, which participate in the disarmament and elimination of illegal armed groups, suppression of acts of terrorism, counteraction to mass disturbances, suppression and elimination of organized criminal groups, as well as other law-enforcement activities.

Following the results of the meeting, the CSTO member states expressed their collective opinion: “International terrorist organizations have been able to create terrorist training camps on the territories that are beyond the control of the Afghan government, with the aim of overthrowing the existing political regimes. The activities of extremist groups are becoming more and more obvious. Insufficient attention is paid to the import of precursors into Afghanistan, while the large-scale drug production in Afghanistan remains the breeding ground for terrorist and extremist organizations in the region”.

“As all the Security Council Secretaries have already mentioned, we are satisfied with the results of our work. There is a positive interaction in the sphere of foreign military security, combating modern threats and challenges. Cooperation in new fields of activity, such as combating crime in the information field, and collective response to emergency and other situations is progressively developing,” Marat Tazhin concluded.

The next meeting of the Security Council’s Committee will take place in the autumn.