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.
In the Kyrgyz Republic, a command-staff exercise began with military contingents of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the CSTO “Interaction-2018”10.10.2018
October 10, 20`8 in the Kyrgyz Republic at the training ground of the training center of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan "Edelweiss", a solemn opening of a command-staff exercise with military contingents of the Collective Operational Response Forces of the CSTO "Cooperation-2018" was held. and Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, Chief of the Joint Staff of the Organization.
Airborne assault, motorized rifle and artillery units, special-purpose groups, as well as long-range, military transport, assault, army aviation and unmanned aerial vehicle crews take part in the maneuvers.
Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, said: “The special feature of the Interaction-2018 exercise is that it’s a command and staff focus and we focus on the coordination and preparation of the management bodies of the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces. About 2,000 troops, 300 pieces of equipment, about 40 aircraft, including UAVs, are involved in the exercise.
Anatoly Sidorov noted that representatives of all CSTO member states are taking part in the exercise. It is not aggressive in nature, and is aimed at practicing actions to combat illegal armed groups, suppress terrorist activities and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the CSTO member states.
“For the first time this year, the officers of the CSTO Joint Staff entered the command of the RRF. We use a large number of aviation from several states at this exercise, this will allow the crews to work out close cooperation with the troops operating on the ground, ”said Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov.
In turn, Lieutenant-General Yury Petrov, Deputy Commander of the Central Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, said at the opening ceremony that the situation taking shape in the Central Asian region, and above all the threats emanating from Afghanistan, was taken into account.
According to the plan of the exercise, the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces will conduct a joint operation to localize the armed conflict in order to restore territorial integrity and protect the constitutional order of the conditional CSTO member state, and work out the tasks of eliminating illegal armed groups, including Russian combat experience in the Syrian Arab Republic.
The command-staff exercise with military contingents of the Collective Operational Response Forces of the CSTO "Interaction-2018" is carried out in the framework of a single plan of the operational-strategic exercises of the CSTO "Combat Brotherhood-2018"
Joint Press Center of the CSTO Interaction-2018 Exercise