Regional security organization to meet in Moscow
Dec. 9. 2010
The foreign and defense ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will meet in Moscow on Thursday to discuss measures to react to crisis situations, the CSTO said.
The State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, on Wednesday ratified an agreement establishing a rapid reaction force for the regional security group.
The reaction force is designed to improve the security of the CSTO member states against existing and potential threats, including terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, and natural disasters, and to enhance the organization's role in ensuring international security.
The CSTO is comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status.