Russian Defense Minister: CIS united air defense system to be strengthened
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 17 /Trend E. Kosolapova/
The CIS united air defense system will be strengthened, RIA Novosti quotes the Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov as saying on Thursday following the CIS defense ministers' meeting in Almaty.
"Structure and composition of military forces and resources of the Joint Air Defense System include roughly 100 units, equipped with modern facilities designed to detect, intercept and destroy air targets," Serdyukov said.
Serdyukov said the meeting's participants focused on improving air defense system.
"We have adopted a joint action plan for 2012, which includes more than 20 multidirectional events including joint command post exercise Clear Sky," Serdyukov said.
The 61st meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was held in Almaty on Nov.17.
Delegations of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan attended the meeting.
The defense ministers of the Commonwealth considered over 20 issues on various aspects of multilateral partnerships. In particular, a decision was made on the composition of the troops and the organization of the Joint system of monitoring and radiation evaluation, chemical and biological conditions. The meeting members also instructed to prepare international agreements on humanitarian demining and on cooperation in the field of science education for the signing.
"We have confirmed the interest of our countries in the development of cooperation based on general, regional and national interests," Serdyukov added.