Putin submits agreement on CIS border security for State Duma's ratification
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 18
Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted for ratification by the lower house of parliament March 18 a draft agreement on activity of joint groups of experts for a swift response to security threats at external borders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose alliance of former Soviet countries, TASS news agency reported March 18.
The document was signed in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Oct. 10, 2014.
It was drafted to implement an agreement on cooperation of border troops of CIS member-states during crises at external borders as of May 17, 1996 and a protocol on assistance in crisis situations as of October 5, 2007.
"The agreement defines the order of creation, use and suspension of activity of joint groups of specialists (experts) of frontier bodies," an explanatory note says.
Its implementation will bolster partnership of CIS member-states in border security and increase efficiency of decisions to ensure security of external borders.