Shoigu told the military leaders of the CIS countries about the special military operation

The generals reaffirmed a common understanding of the threats

High military officials arrived in Moscow for a meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the CIS member states. The military-political situation in the world, as well as challenges and threats were discussed. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told his colleagues about the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine. The discussion proceeded without the press. Some results of the meeting were reported by the press service of the Russian military department.

Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

The defense ministers of seven countries arrived at the negotiation platform in Moscow: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Welcoming them, Sergei Shoigu noted the importance of such meetings in a difficult military-political situation.

“Complicated” – not the right word, given the huge pressure on Russia and Belarus from NATO. The United States and other countries of the Alliance are transferring all new contingents to our western borders to Poland, the Baltic states, Romania.

Every day, NATO countries create more and more new conflict situations, such as ban on the transit of some Russian cargo through Lithuania to Kaliningrad.

After the start of Russia's special military operation to protect the population of Donbass, NATO organized an endless stream of arms supplies to Ukraine. Western cannons, howitzers, multiple launch rocket systems are already actively used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), that is, they are killing civilians in Donbass and Kherson.

High representatives of the United States and NATO do not hide the fact that they provide the APU with all the necessary intelligence information from satellites and drones. In essence, Russian troops in Ukraine are confronted by a unified NATO war machine. Under these conditions, Russia, of course, would like to count on the support of its allies in the CIS and the CSTO.

This support could take many different forms. Well, here, for example, the NATO countries, not really hiding, recruit from themselves those who want to make war in Ukraine with Russia, provide their delivery and training. Why don’t our allies in the CIS and the CSTO from Central Asia organize the work of sending volunteers to protect the LPR and LPR.

Well, or, for example, why not help the residents of Donbass in clearing mines from vast territories that the Armed Forces of Ukraine literally sowed with a variety of mines.

But, apparently, not all of our allies are ready for this. At least not so long ago, the President of Kazakhstan (a CSTO member country, by the way) called the LPR and DPR “quasi-states”; and said that he did not recognize their independence. How do other leaders of the CIS countries feel about this issue – not very clear.

However, summing up the conversation in Moscow, Sergei Shoigu said that the military leaders “substantially analyzed the military-political situation, including taking into account the special military operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine” ;.

Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Shoigu noted the businesslike and constructive nature of the conversation. According to him, the ways of further development of interaction between the CIS states in the field of defense and military security have been outlined. “The common understanding of the nature of modern challenges and threats by the defense departments of the CIS countries has been confirmed,” Shoigu said, and this is really very important.

President Putin has repeatedly said where the threat to peace comes from, but the West has a completely different point of view on this matter. And if our CIS allies agree with us on this issue, then it is worth a lot.

According to Shoigu, the Joint Statement on the 30th anniversary of the Council of Defense Ministers “confirmed the determination to develop strategic cooperation in the military sphere, to ensure regional stability based on multilateral military cooperation».

Among the concrete steps of military cooperation in the future – formation and training of the Joint Unit for Humanitarian Demining; development of a joint communications system for the armed forces; improvement of the Unified system of state radar identification “friend or foe”; financing  development of a unified air defense system.

Interaction on defense and military cooperation in the CIS format is consistently developing, and our multilateral ties are growing stronger, Shoigu concluded.


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