SCO must solve security issues regarding situations in neighbor-countries: Russian president
Despite non-military character, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries must solve problems of ensuring security by regarding realities of their environment, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev said during a meeting with of the SCO Defense Ministers in the Kremlin, RIA Novosti reported.
"This is quite natural, since the SCO - as a non-military bloc, must solve different tasks with military organizations in accordance with the constituent documents and it should assist the member-countries in solving security issues, protecting from the most complex, difficult threats of our time such as terrorism, drug-crime and others " the Russian president said.
The president noted that the SCO's region is a difficult area and "we should take the realities of our countries' environment into account in the case of necessity to to coordinate a variety of matters, including, of course, issues of security and defense of our nations on the collective basis".
Medvedev expressed his confidence that such meetings as the current one, "will also take place in future continue and will be useful," but "the results of this event will serve solving the SCO's tasks and our countries' tasks to achieve the best level of defense and security in our countries and our nations".
"Moreover, the SCO leaders' regular meetings at the highest level and, my meetings with my counterparts are laying the foundations for cooperation between our countries in various fields, including in the military and military-technical cooperation," the head of state said.
Defense ministers of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, the Kazakh first deputy defense minister and Uzbek deputy defense minister, the SCO Secretary General, as well as director of the SCO Executive Committee on regional antiterrorist organization attended the meeting held at the President's cabinet in the Kremlin.The SCO comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Mongolia, Iran, India and Pakistan are observers of this organization.