CSTO leaders’ meeting in restricted format starts in Kremlin
A meeting of heads of states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) in a restricted format has started at the Kremlin, Trend news agency reported referring to RIA Novosti.
The meeting is being attended by the presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, as well as the organisation's Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha.
After the meeting in a restricted format ends, delegations, including defence ministers of the CSTO member states will join the leaders.
The agenda of the negotiations include measures to improve the security system, development of the military component of the CSTO by 2020, the situation in Afghanistan as well as Uzbekistan's appeal to suspend participation in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, which was sent in June 2012.
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan remain as CSTO member states after the suspension of Uzbekistan's membership.
The Collective Security Treaty Organisation was established based on the Collective Security Treaty, signed on May 15, 1992 by the CIS member countries.