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.
During the first stage of the joint exercise with the CSTO Peacekeeping Forces "Indestructible Brotherhood - 2018", the plan of a peacekeeping operation in a conditional state was worked out.
On October 31, 2018, the first stage of the joint exercise with the CSTO Peacekeeping Forces "Indestructible Brotherhood - 2018", which takes place in the Sverdlovsk Region, was completed. The commander of the collective peacekeeping forces, Colonel Alexander Urin, reported on the decision to conduct a peacekeeping operation. The plan defines the directions of the main actions of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO in a conditional state that is not part of the CSTO, where "by Decision of the UN Security Council" the CSTO conducts a peacekeeping operation. The areas of responsibility of the peacekeeping contingents were identified, their interaction worked out and the issues of comprehensive support of the units involved were resolved. The Deputy Secretary General of the CSTO Piotr Tsikhanouski took part in the hearing.
The head of the exercise, Lieutenant-General Yuri Petrov, Deputy Commander of the Central Military District, approved the decision of the Commander of the CSTO Collective Peace-keeping forces .
For the first time, officers of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization were included in the composition of the command of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO at joint exercises.
"This is an experimental year for us. For the first time, we are inviting CSTO headquarters officers to exercise not as observers, but to full-time positions at command posts, where they perform functional duties in accordance with the tasks set by the Commander of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces. The experiment is successful," CSTO headquarters Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov.
The exercises involve military contingents from six CSTO member states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, as well as the operational group of the CSTO Joint Staff, police (militia) forces and units of the CSTO ministries.
In general, during the “Indestructible Brotherhood-2018” maneuvers, the peacekeeping contingents of the CSTO member states work out actions to monitor compliance with the cease-fire agreement and the actions of the population in the area of responsibility, and perform tasks to assist in the restoration of peaceful life in the territories affected by attacks international terrorist organizations, as well as transport control, suppressing the illegal import and export of military equipment, weapons, ammunition and explosives. In cooperation with the police (police) personnel, they will work out the actions of the CSTO Collective Peace-keeping forces units in carrying out tasks to counter the riots.
The total number of participants in the exercise is about 1.3 thousand people, 300 units of military equipment and 20 units of various types of aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles, are involved. Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross also take part in the exercise.
Joint press center of the CSTO “Indestructible Brotherhood-2018” exercise