The CSTO Secretariat expresses serious concern over the aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border that arose on July 12, this year, after an armed conflict between units of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, including the use of heavy armament, which resulted in the dead and the injured. The current situation does not contribute to the normalization of the situation on the border of the two neighboring states, one of which is the Republic of Armenia. The Republic is a member state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The situation indicates a violation of the agreements of ceasefire reached at the leadership level of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
On July 9, 2020, the CSTO Secretariat hosted the first meeting of the Working Group on the Development of a Concept of Cooperation of the CSTO Member States on Countering Modern Combined Forms of Destructive Impact on the CSTO Member States. The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas took part in the meeting.
The CSTO Military Committee discussed issues of the development of military cooperation of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states via video-conferencing
On July 3, 2020, for the first time via video-conferencing, the 16th Meeting of the Military Committee on the development of military cooperation of the of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states was held.
The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the Military Committee, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Valery Gerasimov, attended by the chiefs of the General Staffs of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic and Head of the Joint Staff of the CSTO. The event was also attended by the Deputy Secretary General of the Organization Piotr Tsikhanouski.
At the beginning of the meeting, Army General Valery Gerasimov congratulated the members of the Military Committee on the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Great Patriotic War, and thanked for the quality training and participation of the military personnel of the armies of the CSTO member states in the parade on Red Square.
A discussion regarding the challenges and threats to military security in the CSTO Caucasus, East European and Central Asian regions of collective security was held. Presentations were made by representatives of the General Staffs of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov, the Head of the CSTO Joint Staff, informed the members of the Military Committee about joint operational and combat training activities in 2020, about the draft Development Plan for the military cooperation of the CSTO member states for 2021–2025, and about proposals for improving international flights of aviation by the armed forces of the states - CSTO members and on comprehensive research work related to the CSTO Collective Aviation Forces.
The meeting participated in debriefing regarding the activities of the Military Academy of Communications named after Marshal of the Soviet Union S. M. Budyonny.
In conclusion of the meeting, the Chairman of the Military Committee, Army General Valery Gerasimov noted that the issues considered at the meeting of the Military Committee would serve to strengthen the collective security and stability of the Organization's member states.