Russia initiates establishment of national military advisors' office under SCO auspices

An office of national military advisors may be established under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu has said.

"We have discussed new opportunities in coordinating our security efforts through the strengthening of the military component of the SCO. A Russian initiative to create an office of national military advisors has been supported as the first step in this direction," Shoigu told reporters after a meeting of the SCO defense ministers in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Such an institution "could generate ideas for the organization's leadership in terms of preparing recommendations in order to take greater advantage of the SCO member countries capabilities for the benefit of security," he said.

"We agreed to consider this issue and to prepare the necessary documents, which will be presented to the heads of state," the minister said.

When summing up the results of today's meeting, Shoigu said that the priorities of cooperation within the SCO were reaffirmed in the Defense Ministries' cooperation plan for 2016-2017.

"Special attention in it was given to actual measures aimed at practicing joint actions to counter the emerging challenges," the defense minister said.

Shoigu also thanked his colleagues "for the constructive proposals, the implementation of which will help bolster the SCO's international influence as one of the key elements of the security architecture in the region."

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