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.
"Interaction-2023”: special forces units conducted an anti-terrorist operation05.09.2023
Today, on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, as part of the joint training with the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces (CRRF) "Interaction-2023", which is being conducted under the charge of Major-General Vadim Denisenko, the joint actions of special forces units during an anti-terrorist operation, were practiced.
The forces of the “Almaz” special anti-terrorism unit, the “Storm” special-purpose unit of the internal troops, the combined unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, the sapper-technical unit of the internal troops and the Brest Oblast Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations were involved.
The idea of the training was to prevent a sabotage and terrorist threat at a critical facility. The actions were practiced on the territory of the Brest hydroelectric power plant.
In the course of training and combat missions, the special forces practiced ground and aerial reconnaissance, the release of hostages, the neutralization of terrorists in buildings and transport facilities, the elimination of the negative consequences of the operation, including the detection and defusing of explosive devices, firefighting, evacuation and assistance to victims.
For the first time in such trainings, the trainings involved the use of reconnaissance and attack drones to defeat the enemy, actions on a river vessel and hydrostructures, the use of watercraft and the use of combat swimmers.
Major-General Nikolai Karpenkov, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs - Commander of the Internal Troops of the Republic of Belarus, summarizing the actions of the special forces, noted the coherence of all units. "Today all the tasks of the counter-terrorist operation have been successfully fulfilled. I am confident that in any situation the special forces will act clearly, coherently and effectively," he said.
In the territory of the Republic of Belarus, as part of the CSTO joint operational-strategic training "Combat Brotherhood-2023", under the leadership of Major-General Andrei Matiyevich, a joint training with the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces "Interaction-2023", a special training with intelligence forces and means "Search-2023", a special training with logistical forces and means "Echelon-2023", and a special training with the joint formation of the CSTO NBC protection and medical support "Barrier-2023" are being conducted.
They involve mobile formations and military units of permanent readiness of the armed forces of the CSTO member states equipped with modern and compatible armaments, special forces formations from among the special units of the internal affairs (police), security, State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus and special services, as well as the authorized bodies responsible for preventing and dealing with the consequences of emergency situations, and operational teams of the CSTO Joint Staff and the CSTO Secretariat In all, more than 2,500 servicemen and more than 500 units of weapons, military and special equipment were involved._____________________________________
Joint Press Centre for the CSTO trainings
The Republic of Belarus, Brestsky training ground