CSTO peacekeeping forces to hold military exercises in Armenia

The CSTO member states will start producing military hardware and equipment that used to be purchased from Ukraine, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said at a press conference in Moscow on 30 January, BelTA reports.

According to Nikolai Bordyuzha, this kind of hardware can be manufactured in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

He reminded that amendments to the provision on the Interstate Commission for Military and Economic Cooperation were introduced at the December summit of the CSTO. Now the commission includes the vice premiers supervising the defense industries. “I think that the commission will focus on import substitution,” Nikolai Bordyuzha said.

A number of large-scale military exercises will be conducted in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in 2015, Nikolai Bordyuzha said.

For example, a large-scale exercise will be held with the participation of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force. In September-October Armenia will host exercises of CSTO’s peacekeeping forces. The drug control services and the law enforcement agencies of the CSTO member states will also conduct military exercises in 2015.

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