World Bulletin/News Desk
The leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) member states are gathering in Sochi city of Russian Federation on Monday.
Hosted by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi city, which is situated on the Black Sea coast near Georgia-Russia border, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are attending the meeting.
Kremlin's Foreign Affairs Adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters that the leaders, holding both bilateral talks and meetings between delegations, would thoroughly assess at the summit the Syria crisis and the latests developments in the wider region, adding that they might make a joint statement at the end of the meetings.
Participants at the session will reportedly discuss especially the security threats resulting from Syria and Afghanistan, along with issues related to allied interaction within the framework of the Organization, further improvement of the collective security system of the CSTO, the development of military potential, strengthening of foreign policy coordination.
Since the presidency of the founding bodies of the CSTO is about to be transferred from the Kyrgyz Republic to the Russian Federation, special attention will be focused on the priorities of the Russian presidency in this Organization, as well as the implementation of priority issues of the Kyrgyz presidency in the CSTO.
The summit is also to discuss the issue of reinforcing the Tajik-Afghan border, to review the Annual report of the CSTO Secretary-General, and to approve a joint communique.
Participants at the session will also review several organizational, administrative and financial issues concerning the Organization’s activity.
The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) is an international regional organization which includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Collective Security Treaty was signed in 1992 and the Organisation was established in 2003. According to the CSTO Charter, the CSTO member states consider peaceful means of resolving arising issues as their priority, but similarly to NATO, an act of aggression against one signatory would be perceived as an aggression against all the members.