September 8th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– Politnavigator – translated by J. Flores –
Serbia has agreed to take part, next year, in exercises of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). This was announced at a press conference in Moscow by the CSTO Secretary General, Nikolai Bordyuzha.
“We are really very seriously cooperating with Serbia. It was the initiative of President Nikolic. Today, our relationships has moved into the plane of practicality. The last event was the invitation to the Serbian Armed Forces in the Collective Rapid Reaction Force exercises in Pskov, with peacekeeping forces in Belarus “, Bordyuzha said.
Last year’s Rapid Reaction exercise saw Russia and Serbia allied in anti-terrorism activities
According to him, the CSTO’s close cooperation with Serbia has peaked only in the last few months, but will be deepened in next year.
“The plans for the next year, part of Serb participation in the operations of a law enforcement nature, especially drug trafficking, and information security. We plan to invite them to the event of combat training of collective forces. I do not say that Serbia must necessarily join the CSTO, but it has a problem with security. If we help our Serbian friends even a little bit to solve these, it will be good “, Bordyuzha said.
Serbia and Afghanistan are part of the CSTO as observers. The permanent members of the organization are Russia, Tajikistan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Kazakhstan.