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.
The CSTO trainings "Echelon-2021", "Search-2021" and "Interaction-2021" started in the Republic of Tajikistan18.10.2021
The opening ceremony of special trainings "Echelon-2021", "Search-2021" and joint training "Interaction-2021" took place on October 18, this year, at the training ground of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan "Kharbmaidon" within the joint operational-strategic CSTO training "Battle Brotherhood-2021".
Lieutenant General Emomali Sobirzoda, the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Tajikistan, welcoming the training participants, noted that the situation in the Central Asian region against the background of the events taking place in Afghanistan remained difficult and tended to escalate. The readiness of the assets of collective security to carry out the earmarked tasks took on great significance and relevance.
Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov, the Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, speaking at the opening ceremony of the training, said: "We pay special attention to the Central Asian region. The main source of instability is the situation in and around the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. That's why for the first time we're conducting three simultaneous trainings as part of our joint training”. He wished the special training participants to demonstrate their best qualities: high professionalism, teamwork, and, if necessary, mutual assistance and support, and to confirm their readiness to act to ensure the collective security of our states.
In his turn, Lieutenant General Yevgeny Poplavsky, the Deputy Commander of the troops of the Central Military District, stated that the trainings were designed to improve the interoperability of military contingents of the CSTO member States and wished the participants successful fulfillment of combat training tasks.
A group of troops (Collective Forces) of the CSTO has begun to practice the tasks of preparing and conducting a joint operation to localize an armed border conflict associated with attempts to penetrate the territory of a member State of the Organization by militants of international terrorist organizations.
In the course of a special training with the assets of Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics of the CSTO troops (Collective Forces) "Echelon-2021" the issues of organization of Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics in the preparation and during a joint operation will be practiced.
A special training with reconnaissance forces "Search-2021" is aimed at practicing the organization and conduct of reconnaissance for the preparation and conduct of a joint operation.
Participants in the joint training with the CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces "Interaction-2021", which includes airborne assault, armored infantry and artillery units and special purpose groups, will practice the preparation and conducting a joint operation to localize an armed border conflict.
Military contingents of the Organization's member States consisting of mobile formations and military units of permanent readiness equipped with modern weapons and military (special) equipment, task forces of the Joint Staff and the CSTO Secretariat, special-purpose force formations from special units of internal affairs (police) bodies, security agencies and special services, as well as authorized bodies in the field of emergency prevention and response took part in the trainings. In total, there are 4,000 people and more than 500 units of equipment.
The Joint Press Center of the CSTO training "Combat Brotherhood-2021”
(The Republic of Tajikistan, Kharbmaidon training range)