CIS defense ministers agree to boost technological, military ties
4 July, 14:26 -- Officials of the Defense Ministries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan attended a meeting of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, TASS reports.
'Given the existence of diverse military ties within the Commonwealth [of Independent States], the council members discussed conceptual approaches toward determining the prospects of cooperation in general and its priorities,' the Kazakh Defense Ministry said in a press release.
The meeting agenda included 'some 20 issues concerning different areas of the multilateral partnership and cooperation of the Defense Ministries of CIS member states'.
The ministers discussed documents intended to regulate the status of engineer troops staff from the Armed Forces of CIS member states during humanitarian mine clearance, the development of monitorig systems, chemical and biological emergency situations, the use of military-purpose satellites, and flight safety rules in the Armed Forces of CIS member states.
'When addressing the need to further deepen military cooperation, the sides discussed priority air defense research, military education, the development of military-applied sports, as well as issues of funding and human resources,' one of the ministers said. At the end of the meeting, the ministers adopted documents aimed at further promoting CIS member countries' military-technological cooperation, as well as their ties in social, legal and humanitarian affairs.
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