The 20th meeting of the Coordination Committee of the Heads of Communications of the Armed Forces of the CIS Member States took place in Kyrgyzstan

The 20th anniversary meeting of the Coordination Committee of the Heads of Communications of the Armed Forces of the CIS countries under the chairmanship of the Head of the Main Directorate of Communications of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces, Colonel General Khalil Arslanov,  was held in the city of Cholpon-Ata in Kyrgyzstan.

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The Coordination Committee was attended by the chiefs of communications of the armed forces of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and for the first time representatives of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

Opening the meeting, Colonel-General Khalil Arslanov noted that military cooperation in the format of the Commonwealth of Independent States allows developing cooperation in a wide range of areas, including ensuring higher efficiency of national military command of the national armed forces, as one of the main components of strengthening their defence capabilities, as well as in the fight with international terrorism.

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The legal basis for such interaction is the Concept of Military Cooperation of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States until 2020, approved by the Council of CIS Heads of State.

Major General Yuri Dashkin, Secretary of the Council of Ministers of Defence of the CIS member states, addressed the Committee members with a welcoming speech on behalf of the CIS Council of Ministers of Defence. He emphasized that the activities of the Council of Defense Ministers and its working bodies are becoming more and more practical as demanded by the security interests of the countries of the Commonwealth. The Secretariat, as the main working body of the Council of Defence Ministers, always provides support to the Committee and advocates the active interaction of the friendly armies.

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During the Committee meeting, representatives of the Main Directorate of Communications of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel Sergei Slyusar and Colonel Yevgeny Yuryev, have informed its participants on the taken and planned measures and events within the framework of the development of a joint (integrated) communication system of the defence departments of the CIS countries, as well as on the activities of the Coordination Committee in 2019 and in 2020. 

Practical measures and steps are the real basis of the development of military cooperation within the framework of the Coordination Committee. Among them one can name joint training exercises of communication centers of the military departments of the Commonwealth countries. This was stated in the report of the Head of the Communications Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Colonel Sergei Maksimenko. 

At the end of the meeting, the members of the Committee discussed and outlined the ways to the development and improvement of the communication specialists contest “Consistent Reception”, which will be held in 2020 as part of the next Army International Games.


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