by Emmanuil Mkrtchyan
Participants of the meeting of Chiefs of Staffs of the armed forces of the CIS countries in Baku on April 8 discussed cooperation in the military sphere, in the period up to 2020, Turan reports. Also the subject of discussion was the development of air defense systems and a unified system of radar identification, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Valery Gerasimov, who chaired the meeting, told reporters. According to him, special attention was paid to the improvement of communication and control systems, NGOs, topographical and engineering troops. In addition, the Committee agreed a plan of joint actions of the armed forces of the CIS countries in 2015. As noted by Gerasimov, the meeting approved the agreement on cooperation in the fields of humanitarian de-mining, sharing and use of geo-spatial information systems and satellite communications for military purposes.
Along with this, the Committee considered the problems of research in the field of air defense of the CIS countries, and the concept of a unified system of radar identification. Issues of the joint monitoring and evaluation of radiation, chemical and biological conditions of the defense ministries of the CIS countries were also debated.
According to Gerasimov, the Baku meeting was "another concrete step towards the expansion of military cooperation and to deepening the relationship of trust and mutual understanding between the General Staffs of the Armed Forces of the CIS." The meeting was attended by delegations from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.