The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov took part in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
At the meeting, heads of foreign ministries discussed relevant issues of global and regional security as well as preparation to the anniversary CSTO Summit to be held in the second half of the year in Belarus.
In the statement, Abdrakhmanov noted that Kazakhstan attaches great importance to joint measures aimed at countering modern challenges and threats, which are mostly of transnational nature. He paid special attention to the problem of cybercrime and illegal use of information technologies and told about a Cyber Shield system being created in Kazakhstan on the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
In this context, the head of the foreign ministry suggested intensifying the activities of the CSTO Coordination and Consultation Center aimed at responding to computer incidents as well as build practical interaction of experts, exchange of experience and information about recent developments to increase the protection level of strategic facilities.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan also informed about work aimed at countering terrorism and extremism at the national level including adoption of legislation on loss of nationality of the Republic of Kazakhstan for participation in foreign military conflicts.
The attention of heads of the CSTO ministries of foreign affairs was again drawn to relevant initiatives of the Head of Kazakhstan within the UN.
The participants of the meeting were informed about the progress of the Astana process aimed at settlement of the situation in Syria.
During the meeting, amendments to the Agreement on the Basic Principles of Military and Technical Cooperation, initiated by the Kazakh side, were approved. In particular, the price setting procedure for military products supplied to partners at favourable conditions is being defined.
Ministers of foreign affairs of the CSTO member states adopted a Statement on joint measures aimed at ensuring information security noting concern over the growth of crimes with the use of information technologies. The sides expressed intention to keep actively working on counteracting crimes in this sphere.
It was decided to intensify activities of the Working Group on Afghanistan under the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council.
Following the results of the meeting, the sides approved a list of topics for joint statements for 2017 and plan of consultations between representatives of the CSTO member states on issues concerning foreign policy, security and defense for the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018.
Note: The Collective Security Treaty Organization was founded on October 7, 2002 in Kishinev as a regional international organization in accordance with the CSTO Charter and Agreement on legal status of the CSTO signed by heads of six CIS member states and entered into force on September 18, 2003.
The CSTO is a legal successor of the Collective Security Treaty, signed on May 15, 1992 in Tashkent by heads of six CIS member states. The Agreement provides for assistance to a member state of the Organization in case of an act of aggression from a state that is not a party to the CSTO, in accordance with the right of collective self-defense in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter.
This year is marked by the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Collective Security Treaty and 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization.