CSTO leaders to meet in Sochi on September 23

Sochi will host the meeting of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) on September 23, Kremlin’s official website reports.

Participants plan to discuss further strengthening of allied cooperation and improve the CSTO collective security system. They will also review the implementation of decisions taken at the CSTO Collective Security Council meeting in December 2012, and the informal CSTO summit in Bishkek on May 28, 2013. State leaders will consider ways to modernize command and control mechanisms of CSTO troops, and the possibility of creating a CSTO air force.

Much attention will be paid to protecting member states’ borders, particularly in the light of the 2014 withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

The priorities of Russia’s CSTO presidency will be presented during the meeting (presidency will pass from Kyrgyzstan to Russia at that time).

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