The next joint operational-strategic exercise of the Collective Security Treaty Organization "Combat Brotherhood-2018", which took place for a month in the territories of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, has come to an end.
Large-scale maneuvers included the reconnaissance units of the armed forces of the CSTO Poisk-2018 member states, the CSTO CRRF Inter-Action 2018 exercises, the CSTO Indestructible Brotherhood-2018 Peacekeeping Forces and collective rapid deployment forces of the Central Asian region of the CSTO. Frontier-2018 ”, as well as the first exercise of the Collective Air Force of the CSTO“ Air Bridge ”. In this article we will try to move away from the traditional format of the CSTO combat training story and look at the key events and their significance for security integration.
The heads of the special police units of the CSTO member states and the Rosgvardia allocated to the CSTO Peacekeeping Forces in Yekaterinburg held a training and methodical gathering as part of the exercise “The Indestructible Brotherhood -2018”
On October 31 - November 1, 2018, in Yekaterinburg, on the basis of the Urals District of the National Guard of the Russian Federation, an educational and methodological gathering was held for commanders of special units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Police / Rosgvardiya) of the CSTO member states assigned to the CSTO peacekeeping forces. Theme of the meeting: "The role and place of special units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Police / Rosgvardia) during peacekeeping missions." The event was held in the framework of the joint exercise with the CSTO Peacekeeping Forces “Indestructible Brotherhood - 2018”, which takes place in the Sverdlovsk region from 30 to 2 November 2018.
During the gathering, the special unit commanders exchanged experience of participation in international peacekeeping missions, discussed improving the training methods for police units, as well as developing common approaches and views on the use of special police units and Rosgvardia of the CSTO member states as part of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces - combat (operational-service) tasks.
Seminars were held on the legal basis for the activities of the police component of the CSTO Peacekeeping Forces with the participation of the Deputy Chief of the Training Center for ATS personnel for participation in the peacekeeping operations of the All-Russian Institute of Advanced Studies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. They also talked about the interaction of police units allocated to the CSTO Collective Peace-keeping forces with military contingents during peacekeeping operations.
The Deputy Secretary General of the CSTO, Piotr Tsikhanouski, in his speech to the participants of the meeting, noted that such an event was held for the first time. “This is a new page in the history of the CSTO. The composition of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO on the “Indestructible Brotherhood - 2018” exercise includes various units - military, police, Rosgvardiya, and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as well as observers from international organizations such as the UN International Committee of the Red Cross. Here at the assembly you are the commanding staff of special units. We believe that today it is the main contingent that is primarily in demand in peacekeeping operations conducted under the auspices of the UN Security Council, ”said the Deputy Secretary General of the CSTO.
The military adviser, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Lieutenant General Carlos Umberto Loyta (Uruguay), who arrived in the Sverdlovsk region and the city of Yekaterinburg to observe the active phase of the “Indestructible Brotherhood - 2018” exercise, participated in the training camp.
He said that the interaction between the two international organizations - the UN and the CSTO in the field of peacemaking is developing and now requires the development of joint legislative, logistical and operational bases; a “Road Map” has already been prepared. “We are ready to provide expert advice in this direction, based on practical activities. And we are ready to work with the CSTO in various models of partnership in such an important area as peacemaking, ”said Carlos Lloth.
Deputy Secretary General of the CSTO Piotr Tsikhanouski noted that the colleagues from the UN are great specialists in the field of peacekeeping operations, their military and police component and have extensive practical experience. He suggested that the participants in the gathering should not miss the opportunity to get answers from the UN specialists to all their questions.
The interaction of the commanding staff of the special units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Police / Rosgvardia) of the CSTO member states and the specialists of the UN peacekeeping operations in the form of a “round table” was the final event of the training and methodological gathering.
A joint exercise with the CSTO “Indestructible Brotherhood-2018” peacekeeping forces takes place in the Sverdlovsk region from October 30 to November 2. The exercise involves military contingents from six CSTO member states, operational teams of the Joint Staff and the CSTO Secretariat, the Rosgvardiya, police (police) forces and Civil Defense and Emergencies.
Joint press center of the CSTO “Indestructible Brotherhood-2018” exercise