CSTO leaders to confer on threats from Afghanistan, Syria, aid to Tajikistan

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Sochi on Monday. The deterrence of threats coming from Afghanistan will top the session's agenda.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Sochi on Monday. The deterrence of threats coming from Afghanistan will top the session's agenda.

Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters about the session schedule before the president departed for Sochi.

The CSTO chiefs of state will meet in a narrow and expanded format, documents will be signed and the presidents will attend a reception, he said.

"Primary items [on the agenda] include closer cooperation between CSTO states in the deterrence of threats and challenges coming from Afghanistan, in particular, in the context of the pullout of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemen in 2014," Ushakov said.

Collective assistance to Tajikistan in the reinforcement of the Tajik-Afghan border will also be discussed, he said.

"We expect an exchange of opinions on topical regional and global issues, naturally, the leaders will discuss the situation inside and around Syria," Ushakov added.

Speaking of the Syrian problem, Ushakov said the CSTO leaders might issue a statement.

The session will evaluate the fulfillment of the agreements reached at the CSTO Council's Moscow session in December 2012 and the informal summit held in Bishkek in May 2013 and will issue a communique appraising the CSTO foreign policy, military cooperation and the suppression of modern threats and challenges.

"The heads of the delegations will discuss efforts taken in main areas of military cooperation inside the organization," Ushakov said.

They are expected to approve the formation of the CSTO aviation forces, better control over the collective forces, adjustment of the joint staff's structure and the CSTO budget for next year.

Kyrgyzstan is chairing the CSTO at present. Russia will succeed to it at the upcoming session of the CSTO Council.

Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan are CSTO member countries.

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