On November 10, the 21st meeting of the Military Committee for the Development of Military Cooperation between Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization instructed the CSTO Joint Staff and the Member States’ defence ministries to compile a list of training grounds and centres to be provided by the CSTO Member States for the formation, training and equipping of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces. This is reported on the website of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
The meeting was attended by the chiefs of staffs of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Tajikistan, Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, and Takhir Khairuloev, deputy CSTO Secretary General.
Colonel General Anatoly Sidorov, Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff, noted that “integration of the Organization’s peacekeeping capabilities into the UN peacekeeping activities is one of the major tasks stipulated in the CSTO Collective Security Strategy until 2025.”
As you may recall, to improve the procedure for the integration of the CSTO Peacekeeping Forces into the UN peacekeeping operations, on September 16, 2021, the heads of the CSTO Member States signed a Protocol on Amendments to the Agreement on Peacekeeping Operations of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The CSTO Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Council of Ministers of Defence and Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils signed a decision On Additions to the Recommendations on Preparation and Conduct of Peacekeeping Operations by the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces that defined a standard structure of a peacekeeping battalion of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Collective Peacekeeping Forces that fully meets the United Nations’ requirements.
Together with the Order of Zhukov Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which is the basic training and methodological organization for training personnel for the CSTO peacekeeping forces, documents are being drawn up on the conditions and procedures for admission to training courses for military observers, United Nations staff officers and officers assigned to the Joint Command of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces.