CIS defence ministers confirm commitment to cooperation development
Participants at the CIS Council of Defence Ministers' meeting held in Moscow on Tuesday, confirmed the commitment to develop military cooperation, after considering 26 issues in this area, Russian Defence Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu told journalists, RIA Novosti reported.
"We confirmed interest in developing cooperation in the defence field, based on the balance of general, regional and national interests," Shoigu said after the meeting where he was elected chairman.
The minister said the meeting considered 26 issues of military cooperation, summed up the activities of the Council's working bodies in 2012 and ratified the plan for next year.
"We considered a plan of joint activities of the CIS united air defence system in 2013 and discussed the allocation of funds for its development in 2014," Shoigu said.
He reminded reporters that 'Clear Sky' air defence exercises were held in Kazakhstan in October. "We will organise 'Military Cooperation-2013' joint exercises with practice at the Ashuluk firing ground in Russia, in 2013," the minister said, adding that these exercises will contribute to cooperation, the development and creation of a common information space, improvement of the management system and maintenance of combat operations in repelling air attacks.
The Russian Defence Minister said that the cooperation plan for the forces of joint monitoring and evaluation of radiation, chemical and biological condition system was approved. The meeting also discussed the organisation and holding of joint activities by engineering forces, the repair of their equipment and training of personnel.
In addition, Shoigu noted that a joint programme was approved to improve metrological support and the list of documents that define the unity of requirements to the hydro meteorological service. The CIS defence ministers gave an order to develop a decree on the collection and exchange of information on aircraft faults and took a decision on improving training, military, scientific and scientific pedagogical personnel.
"An agreement was reached on creating a single inter-archival directory," the head of the Russian Defence Ministry said.