MINSK, 5 June (BelTA) – Multilateral military cooperation is one of the fundamentals for enhancing the security of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The statement was made by Belarusian Defense Minister Yuri Zhadobin at the session of the CIS Defense Ministers Council on 5 June, BelTA has learned.
The Minister remarked that the development of the military component of the Commonwealth is important for Belarus. Military cooperation is determined by common priorities and national interests of every member state taking into account continuity and consistence of integration processes in the CIS. “In view of the radical changes of the geopolitical situation matters of practical cooperation are pushed to the forefront. It is necessary to work out a mechanism to confront emerging threats in practice and find ways to improve it,” stressed Yuri Zhadobin.
He stated that the CIS Defense Ministers Council traditionally pays close attention to the establishment and improvement of joint military systems such as the united air defense system, the common geoinformation system, the joint communication and automation system, and the united identification system. According to Yuri Zhadobin, the work allows fully using the available potential and enhancing the foundation of national and common security via joint efforts.
“Within a short time the CIS has gone a complicated way of development. One can say that at present it is a mature integration association meant to ensure the promotion of interaction between the member states. The CIS has enabled conditions for progressive advance of multilateral mutually beneficial cooperation that meets interests of every member state,” noted the Belarusian Defense Minister.
Yuri Zhadobin underlined that the year 2013 is a milestone year for Belarus because the country presides over the CIS. The main initiatives of the Belarusian presidency include better effectiveness of cooperation for implementing joint economic, investment, and innovative projects, cooperation in space exploration, transport, power engineering, telecommunication, nano and biotechnologies, complex implementation of interregional and transboundary cooperation, efforts to make ecological technologies affordable in the CIS. The concept for the Belarusian presidency is based on the motto: integration of the benefit of the person, stronger good neighborly ties, the development of economic cooperation, affordable ecofriendly technologies, and the expansion of the dialogue of cultures, remarked the Belarusian Defense Minister.
The 64th session of the CIS Defense Ministers Council is scheduled to take place in Minsk on 5 June under the chairmanship of Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu. The session gathered delegations of the defense ministries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. The agenda includes over 20 items concerning various directions of the multilateral military cooperation between the defense ministries of the CIS states.