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Russian-Led CSTO Stages More Counterterrorism Drills On Tajik-Afghan Border (RFE RL)

Members of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have completed another joint counterterrorism training exercise in Tajikistan near the border with Afghanistan.

The exercise on October 23 presented a scenario in which columns of vehicles transport militants across the border from Afghanistan into Tajikistan.

Russian-Led CSTO Stages More Counterterrorism Drills On Tajik-Afghan Border (

CSTO Uzbekistan

Is Uzbekistan on the Verge of Rejoining the CSTO? (Fozil Mashrab, The Jamestown Foundation)

On September 20, Tashkent hosted a conference on the topic “Russia and Uzbekistan facing the challenges of development and security at a new historical stage of interaction.” This gathering, jointly organized by Russia’s Valdai International Discussion Club and the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies Under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, was attended by high-level diplomats from both countries. During the conference, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko implicitly suggested that the Kremlin would like Uzbekistan to rejoin the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Moscow-led regional security alliance whose other members are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (Youtube, September 23).

Is Uzbekistan on the Verge of Rejoining the CSTO? – Jamestown


CSTO nations to have joint R&D budget in military sector, says Russian Deputy PM Borisov (TASS)

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member-states will have a joint budget for R&D activities in the military sector, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with Rossiya-1 TV channel.

“[CSTO] countries have reported a joint budget for necessary R&D. <…> We are starting to shift from simple verbal coordination to a more serious integration,” he said.

This is a new area, Borisov noted. “Almost all heads of delegations [at the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council] indicated their willingness to more closely address the integration and synchronization of solutions in the field of the development of national military industrial complexes and the standards that are being introduced in armed forces, meaning military standards, similar management systems,” he explained.