On 16 February 2024, the CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov met with the Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Murat Nurtleu in Astana. The parties exchanged views on the forthcoming events planned within the framework of Kazakhstan's chairmanship of the CSTO this year.
On 14 February 2024, the CSTO Secretariat hosted an educational seminar (coaching session) on the theme: "Topical issues of Eurasian security", which was attended by heads of departments and experts of the CSTO Secretariat, representatives of the scientific community, as well as students and postgraduates of political science departments of leading Russian universities, including winners of the A.E. Snesarev Prize in Geopolitics and Military Science.
On 14 February 2024, Chief of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, Colonel-General Andrei Nikolayevich Serdyukov, held a briefing on the subject: "Main tasks of joint training of the CSTO collective security system's command and control bodies and formations of forces and means for 2024". Representatives of the press services of the defense departments and mass media of the CSTO member states took part in the event via videoconferencing.
On 7 February, participants in a meeting of the chairmen of the committees (commissions) of the parliaments of the CSTO member states, with jurisdiction over international relations, defense and security issues visited the CSTO Joint Staff.
On 7 February, the CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov met with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov outlined the priorities of the CSTO Joint Staff activities for 202412.01.2024
The CSTO Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov took part in summarizing the results of the CSTO Joint Staff activities for 2023 and outlined the priorities of the Joint Staff activities for 2024.
Addressing the personnel of the Joint Staff, Imangali Tasmagambetov noted that the goals set for 2023 had been achieved to a large extent thanks to the great contribution of the Organization’s member states to strengthening military cooperation in the CSTO format, their constructive approach in reaching consensus, and the efforts of the collective of the CSTO Joint Staff.
Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, in his report, noted that the main efforts of the Joint Staff in 2023 were focused on the implementation of tasks to improve the speed of decision-making on the use of the forces and means of the CSTO collective security system, the further development of the components of the CSTO Troops (Collective Forces) and their preparation for the fulfilment of their earmarked tasks, as well as the improvement of management systems and comprehensive support.
Andrei Serdyukov also noted that the improvement of the crisis response system was seen as one of the most important areas of activity and was carried out taking into account the experience of the Organization’s response to the situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan in January 2022. Together with the CSTO Secretariat, proposals were prepared to amend the existing normative documents on crisis response. In November 2023, the CSTO Collective Security Council approved a new version of these documents.
Among the priority tasks for 2024, the Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff noted the improvement of the regulatory legal framework governing the development of the CSTO's military component, the continuation of work with the CSTO Secretariat and defense agencies to improve the crisis response system, the qualitative preparation and successful conduct of joint operational and combat training activities, and participation in the preparation and conduct of meetings of the Council of Defense Ministers and the CSTO Military Committee.
Summing up the event, Imangali Tasmagambetov stressed that the implementation of the priorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan during the presidency of the Organization in 2024, as well as the decisions of the November 2023 session of the CSTO Collective Security Council implied new multidimensional tasks to improve the CSTO military component, for their solution there was readiness and the necessary potential.