CSTO Summit Starts in Tajik Capital Dushanbe
A summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) kicked off in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe on Tuesday.
The leaders of the member states arrived in Dushanbe on Monday. During the summit, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and his counterparts from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus are expected to discuss, among other points, the issues of terrorism and extremism, as well as a number of common challenges for CSTO members, including the situation on the alliance's borders and military-technical cooperation.
The agenda for Tuesday includes meetings of the foreign and defense ministers, as well as of the Committee of Secretaries and the CSTO Collective Security Council. The six CSTO leaders will first meet in a narrow format before a scheduled gathering with all the delegations.
The CSTO is a Russia-led intergovernmental military alliance, devised as a counterweight to NATO. The treaty, signed in 1992, currently has six members — all post-Soviet states — namely Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. There are also two countries with CSTO observer status — Afghanistan and Serbia.