On May 24, 2022, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Suren Papikian, a meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was held via videoconferencing.
The defense ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Lieutenant General Viktor Khrenin), of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Colonel General Ruslan Zhaksylykov), of the Kyrgyz Republic (Lieutenant General Baktybek Bekbolotov), of the Russian Federation (Army General Sergey Shoygu), of the Republic of Tajikistan (Colonel General Sherali Mirzo), as well as the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas and the Head of the CSTO Joint Staff - Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov participated in the meeting.
The heads of state of the CSTO member states at the session of the Collective Security Council on December 21, 2015 in Moscow discussed the main problems of international security and adopted a Statement on countering international terrorism21.12.2015
December 21, this year. In Moscow, the Kremlin hosted a session of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Collective Security Council (CSC). The CSC includes the heads of the CSTO member states - Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. During the intersessional period of 2015-2016, the President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, is the Chairman of the CSTO CSC. The meeting of the Collective Security Council was held in a narrow composition and in the format of a plenary session.
The heads of state exchanged views on the current situation in the world, discussed the main problems of international security and possible steps of the CSTO to solve them. During the plenary session of the CSTO Collective Security Council, a Statement of the Heads of State of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on countering international terrorism was adopted and a number of documents were signed, including the decisions of the CSTO Collective Security Council “On the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization”, “On rotation of officials of permanent working bodies of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. ”
The Collective Security Council decided to extend the authority of the CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha until January 1, 2017.
The Chairman of the Collective Security Council, President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, in his speech to the media, summarized the session:
Speech by President Serzh Sargsyan at a meeting with media representatives on the results of the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council
"The session of the CSTO Collective Security Council has just ended. We have gathered against the background of a very complicated situation caused by the multiply increased threat of international terrorism, which has challenged the entire world community, the security of countries and entire regions.
The Statement on the Current Situation in the World, adopted at today's meeting, sets out assessments and approaches in relation to the most important issue of today - the issue of countering international terrorism.
The CSTO member states support the formation of a broad coalition on the basis of the provisions of the UN Charter, the norms and principles of international law. We are confident that the effective fight against terrorism cannot be waged without a reliable overlapping of the sources of its financing, blocking the channels of financial support.
We discussed the incident with the Russian military aircraft SU-24, which participated in the anti-terrorist operation in Syria and was shot down by Turkish armed forces. I believe that this step of Turkey does not contribute to the consolidation of international efforts aimed at countering terrorism, resolving the situation in Syria and restoring peace in the region. We, as allies of Russia, express our solidarity and support for the position of Moscow on this incident.
We had a very productive, direct conversation in a narrow composition, confirmed our readiness to consistently strengthen the CSTO’s power capabilities, build up the counter-terrorism component, and increase the combat readiness of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces in order to effectively counter new challenges and threats.
We talked about the implementation of the agreements reached at the last meeting in Dushanbe (held on September 15, 2015), touched upon the plan of measures to implement the decisions of the September session and the priorities proposed by the Republic of Armenia for the Organization’s chairmanship.
I am confident that our well-coordinated joint efforts will ensure the effective implementation of the outlined plans, the implementation of which will be reviewed at the forthcoming 2016 session of the CSC in Yerevan.
In addition, two personnel decisions were taken: "On the Secretary General" and "On the rotation of officials of the permanent working bodies of the CSTO." We have unanimously decided to extend the term of the current Secretary General Bordyuzha to “01” “January” 2017. It was also decided to entrust the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Council of Ministers of Defense together with the Secretary General of the CSTO to prepare and submit for approval at the next session of the CSC proposals on the allocation of quota posts in the Secretariat, as well as proposals on the structure and distribution of quota posts in the CSTO Joint Staff. All of this fits into the system for implementing the Dushanbe agreements on the need to actively apply the principle of rotation. Nikolai Nikolayevich Bordyuzha successfully heads the CSTO Secretariat, knows the legal framework of the Organization well, which is important for the successful implementation of this order. Thanks for attention".
The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan.
CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov