Russian and Chinese defense ministers to meet in St. Petersburg on sidelines of SCO event

Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Chang Wanquan, are due to meet in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to discuss international security and military-technological cooperation between their countries.

Russian Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu and his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Chang Wanquan, are due to meet in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to discuss international security and military-technological cooperation between their countries.

 "The meeting will be held on the sidelines of a session of defense ministers from the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The parties will discuss the current state of bilateral military and military-technological cooperation and its prospects," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Tuesday.

During their meeting, Shoigu and Chang will also exchange opinions on a number of issues concerning international security, he said.

Shoigu arrived in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to preside over the session of the SCO defense ministers, who, among other topics, will discuss ways to consolidate efforts to properly respond to new threats and challenges within the SCO space.

"A separate issue will be practical measures aimed at consolidating the organization's forces and means in order to maintain peace and security in the region," Konashenkov said.

The SCO ministers also "plan to exchange opinions on key issues facing international and regional security and to outline ways to consolidate efforts in order to properly respond to new challenges and threats in the SCO area of responsibility," he said.

The session in St. Petersburg will involve the delegations of the SCO's six member countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), as well as representatives of the organization's secretariat and its Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure.

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