CIS defense ministers gather in Moscow to discuss cooperation

13/06/2016 15:07
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, June 13, 2016, Asia-Plus – Tajik Defense Minister Sherali Mizro will attend a session of the CIS Council of Ministers of Defense that will take place in Moscow on June 15.

CIS defense ministers are expected to discuss the process of the implementation of the CIS military cooperation concept for the period until 2020, development of a draft air and space defense concept, and holding of International Army Games 2016.

The meeting participants will also discuss issues related to activities of the Coordination Council for Military Education at the CIS Council of Ministers of Defense and collaboration between the services for protection of state secrets of the armed forces of the CIS member nations.

Besides, the CIS defense ministers are expected to adopt documents regulating activities of the Committee of Chiefs of Staffs of the Armed Forces of the CIS Member Nations and development of the military applied types of sports for the period until 2020.

The meeting will also adopt a number of decisions regarding financial and personnel issues, Faridoun Mahmadalizoda, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan, told Asia-Plus in an interview.

Established on December 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a regional organization.  It now consists of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.  Georgia pulled out of the organization in 2009.

The CIS Charter establishes the Council of Ministers of Defense, which is vested with the task of coordinating military cooperation of the CIS member states.  To this end, the Council develops conceptual approaches to the questions of military and defense policy of the CIS member states; develops proposals aimed to prevent armed conflicts on the territory of the member states or with their participation; gives expert opinions on draft treaties and agreements related to the questions of defense and military developments; issues related suggestions and proposals to the attention of the CIS Council of the Heads of State.  Also important is the Council's work on approximation of the legal acts in the area of defense and military development.

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