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The head of the Russian military department took part in a meeting of the defense ministers of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tajikistan.

In his speech, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said that the situation along the perimeter of the borders of the SCO countries is complicated and tends to aggravate.

“International terrorism, extremism, separatism and cybercrime continue to threaten the peaceful development of the Organization’s member states and the well-being of our peoples,” the Russian Defense Minister said.

At the same time, Sergei Shoigu noted that the situation is aggravated by the pandemic, which has exacerbated international contradictions, traditional challenges and threats.

The head of the Russian military department added that at this stage, the state of affairs in Afghanistan, which is actively involved in the activities of the SCO as an observer state, is acquiring particular relevance.

“Next week, in order to respond to the aggravation of the situation in Afghanistan, together with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, we will conduct exercises on their territories. Practical actions will be worked out on inflicting fire damage and destroying bandit formations, conducting aerial reconnaissance and strengthening the protection of important objects, “the Russian Defense Minister said.

In addition, Sergei Shoigu said that in September, at the Donguzsky training ground in the Orenburg region, a joint military anti-terrorist command and staff exercise of the SCO countries “Peace Mission 2021” is planned.

“Similar exercises, but with the participation of the Collective Forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), will be held in the fall in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In the future, it is proposed to involve military contingents of the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and units of friendly countries in the Peace Mission exercises to work out the joint repulsion of terrorist threats, “the head of the Russian military department said.

Addressing the meeting participants, the Russian Defense Minister emphasized that today around the SCO countries, long-term hotbeds of tension with a difficult-to-predict scenario of events are being formed.

“Aggressive economic pressure, all kinds of sanctions, provoking conflicts, and campaigns to misinform the population have become typical methods of achieving goals. Instability is most acutely manifested in Southeast Asia, “said Sergei Shoigu, noting that the states of the region” Washington is imposing the creation of structures similar to NATO. “

“Advanced high-readiness groups are being formed, more and more often forces and means of non-regional states are joining the exercises, which increases the danger of incidents in the course of military activity. A large-scale deployment of an anti-missile defense (ABM) system and its coupling with strike weapons is underway, ”said the head of the Russian military department.

Sergei Shoigu recalled that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has repeatedly pointed out the destabilizing role of the US missile defense system and its orientation against Russia and China.

The head of the Russian military department also noted that the situation is further complicated by the fact that with the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, this class of weapons could be deployed in Asia as well.

“The tendency to intensify military confrontation in the European zone is of serious concern. NATO’s forward presence is increasing near the borders of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. The military infrastructure is being improved, stocks of materiel, weapons and military equipment are being created, routes for the transfer of troops are being worked out, “added the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Continuing the topic, Sergei Shoigu said that the upcoming Russian-Belarusian exercise “West-2021” is purely defensive in nature and is not directed against other countries and alliances.

“To practice actions to ensure military security on the western borders, in September we are conducting a joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercise“ West-2021 ”. All SCO countries were invited to participate in it. This exercise is exclusively defensive in nature and is not directed against any country or alliance, ”said the head of the Russian military department.

At the same time, the Minister of Defense noted that Russia has never called and does not call for the revival of the bloc ideology and confrontation along the “East-West” axis.

“We are in favor of a balanced development of cooperation in the defense sphere, which ensures a timely, adequate, and most importantly, effective response to the entire spectrum of security threats,” Sergei Shoigu said.

He called the settlement of regional conflicts an important aspect of international stability.

“We are actively promoting this process. Illustrative examples are Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh, ”added the head of the Russian military department.

During the meeting, the Russian Defense Minister also expressed gratitude to his Tajik friends for their hospitality and warm welcome.

“I am very familiar with this region and Tajikistan is close to me. Every time I come here, I remember the hard times of the early nineties on this earth, – said Sergei Shoigu, noting that he knows about the events of those years firsthand. “When, in the chaos of the civil war, as Minister of Civil Defense and Emergencies, I had to resolve humanitarian issues, evacuate the Russian-speaking population, conduct difficult negotiations and even visit the bandits as a hostage.”

The head of the Russian military department expressed the hope that by joint efforts in the region it will be possible to preserve peace and stability.

“Our meeting is traditionally focused on security issues and is held in the year of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Over the past period, the SCO has become an influential interstate association playing an increasingly significant role in international affairs. This was largely facilitated by the interaction between the defense departments of the Organization’s member states and the achieved level of mutual understanding and trust, ”said the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Sergei Shoigu added that the assessments by the SCO member states of the international situation and approaches to resolving issues of regional stability and security largely coincide.

Also, the head of the Russian military department named the key tasks that need to be solved within the SCO to ensure general security.

“In the current conditions, the relevance of practical interaction between the defense departments of the participating countries, the creation of effective tools for ensuring common security in the SCO area of ​​responsibility has significantly increased,” Sergei Shoigu noted.

To this end, he invited his colleagues to focus on the implementation of a number of key tasks.

“The first is to develop, within the SCO, mechanisms for the exchange of information in the field of military security and experience in countering terrorism, as well as maintain regular contacts along the lines of the general staffs,” the Russian Defense Minister said.

The head of the Russian military department recalled that an expert working group under the SCO Council of Defense Ministers was created five years ago.

“It is necessary to continue adjusting this cooperation mechanism, fill it with practical content. Show more initiative when forming a list of issues considered by experts, ”said Sergei Shoigu.

He proposed expanding the geography of military cooperation events and strengthening their information coverage.

The second task, according to the Minister of Defense of Russia, is to improve the training of troops and the practice of conducting joint exercises “Peaceful Mission”, during which it is necessary to work out ways to counter new tactical techniques used by international terrorists. In particular, the issues of combating unmanned aerial vehicles, ensuring information security, preventing terrorist attacks using chemical and biological weapons.

“The third is to raise the level of cooperation between the SCO on security issues with third countries and international organizations,” said the head of the Russian military department. “To do this, work out the possibility and acceptable forms of joint use of the anti-crisis potentials of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.”

According to Sergei Shoigu, it is important to expand the format of participation in the SCO exercises by attracting military contingents and observers from friendly countries and regional organizations – the CSTO and the CIS.

“If necessary, prepare an appropriate legal basis for this,” said the RF Defense Minister.

The head of the Russian military department expressed confidence that “the results of today’s meeting and the implementation of the proposals made will become a solid foundation for the further progressive development of the SCO, maintaining overall stability and security.”

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