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 Sverdlovsk region, on October 30, a joint exercise began with the CSTO peacekeeping forces "The Indestructible Brotherhood-2018"



     October 30 in the Russian Federation in the Sverdlovsk region began a joint exercise "The Indestructible Brotherhood-2018" with the peacekeeping forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The opening ceremony took place on the territory of the 32nd military camp. It was attended by Deputy Secretary General of the CSTO Piotr Tsikhanouski and Chief of the Joint Staff of the CSTO Colonel-General Anatoly Sidorov. The Deputy Commander of the Central Military District, Lieutenant General Yury Petrov, supervises the exercise.


  The topic of the exercise is “The preparation and conduct of a peacekeeping operation by the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO in the Central Asian region in the territory of a non-CSTO member state according to the resolution of the UN Security Council”. The exercise takes place at the training ground of the Sverdlovsk Training Center of the Central Military District of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

     The military contingents fr om the six CSTO member states (Republic of Armenia, Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian Federation and Republic of Tajikistan), the CSTO Joint Staff Task Force, police (police) forces and units of emergency ministries ( Civil Defense and Emergencies).


      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. Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and 2 special vehicles with ICRC symbols also participate in the exercise.

    The Chief of the Joint Staff of the CSTO, Poln. Gen. Anatoly Sidorov addressed the participants of the exercise with a welcoming speech. He noted that “The Indestructible Brotherhood-2018” is the final event of the joint operational and combat training of the CSTO Forces (Collective Forces) as part of the operational-strategic exercise “Combat Brotherhood-2018” and is held at the “Restoration and Peace” phase.
 “Not so long ago, your combat friends performed tasks at the exercises with reconnaissance forces and equipment in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan,” said Anatoly Sidorov. “Two weeks ago, the exercises completed with the collective rapid reaction forces in the Kyrgyz Republic, wh ere at the Edelweiss training ground in of the Issyk-Kul Lake, combat training tasks for the localization of the armed conflict were completed, you will have to fulfill peacekeeping training tasks, and I’m sure that the administration and personnel will make every effort and effort rany, show high level of professionalism to the successful implementation of training and combat tasks, "- he said.


     Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff Anatoly Sidorov said that the main purpose of the “Indestructible Brotherhood - 2018” exercise is to test the readiness of the peacekeeping contingent of the Collective Security Treaty Organization to accomplish the assigned tasks, to improve the skills of personnel, professional skills of officers of governing bodies to successfully complete tasks.

      At the first stage of the exercise, the peacekeeping operation is prepared by the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO. After the opening ceremony, the action moved to the landfill. Here, the first practical stage began to be worked out, during which units of the CSTO Collective Peace-keeping forces  patrolled in the zone of armed conflict, took measures to receive refugees in a specially prepared camp and provided them with humanitarian assistance with emergency evacuation of a seriously ill person by helicopter, escorting a column with opposition from armed fighters. Military and transport-assault helicopters MI-24 and MI-8 AMTSH were involved, which provided support to the PMS from the air and landed the landing forces by landing method to block the area.


    In the course of the second stage of the exercise, practical actions are planned to be carried out on the fulfillment of tasks by the units of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO in the course of a peacekeeping operation.

    In general, during the “Indestructible Brotherhood-2018” maneuvers, the peacekeeping contingents of the CSTO member states will work out actions to monitor compliance with the cease-fire agreement and the actions of the population in the area of ​​responsibility, the tasks to assist in restoring 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 educational objectives of the teaching "The Indestructible Brotherhood - 2018":

1. Increase the practical skills of commanders and staffs of all degrees in the work of preparing a peacekeeping operation and managing military units (subdivisions) of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the CSTO in the course of carrying out peacekeeping tasks;

2. Improving the combat coherence of the peacekeeping contingents of the CSTO member states for active, skillful and decisive actions to accomplish their tasks in a peacekeeping operation;

3. Strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation among the peacekeeping contingents of the States members of the Treaty Organization about collective security.
Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross will conduct classes with the CSTO Collective Peace-keeping forces personnel on the observance of international humanitarian law in the zone of armed conflict.


     Representatives of the UN Secretariat, the military-diplomatic corps accredited in the Russian Federation, representatives of international and regional organizations, and the media have been invited as observers to the “Indestructible Brotherhood -2018” exercise.
   The exercise began with the delivery to the Commander of the CSTO Collective Peace-keeping forces  of the UN Security Council Mandate to conduct a peacekeeping operation in a third country that is not a CSTO member state.

   The “Indestructible Brotherhood-2018” is being held as part of the annual joint operational-strategic exercise with the Forces (Collective Forces) of the CSTO “Combat Brotherhood-2018”, as its final stage - the stage of restoring and maintaining peace in the region. The exercise will last until November 2, 2018.


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