Afghanistan to become key issue at CSTO informal summit - Kremlin aide

Questions of resistance to threats from Afghanistan in the context of the upcoming withdrawal of foreign troops from that country will be discussed at the informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Bishkek, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov has said.

He spoke of the agenda of the upcoming event ahead of the visit of President Vladimir Putin to the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

"Resistance to threats coming from Afghanistan may become the key issue of the informal summit considering the upcoming withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force in 2014," he said.

Measures to fortify the Tajik-Afghan border and resist Afghan drug trafficking, illegal migration and extremism will be considered in this context, Ushakov said.

The situation in Afghanistan "is very tense, the army and police are suffering great losses," he said. "The scale of drug production and transit is simply threatening: in 2012 the size of opium poppy fields grew 18 percent," he said.

In this context he added that the upcoming months will see an active process of working out concrete measures to resist the existing threats.

"Questions of the further development of the collective security system, the strengthening of the defense potential of the organization, the advancement of joint operational and combat training of CSTO forces and means will be mulled," he said.

Moscow is expected to host the official CSTO summit at the end of the year.

In Bishkek Putin is scheduled to have two bilateral meetings - with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

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