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Meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council

December 26, 2016, St Petersburg

A meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation Collective Security Council took place in St Petersburg.

Taking part in the meeting were President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and Secretary General of the  Collective Security Treaty Organisation Nikolai Bordyuzha.

The meeting participants discussed routine matters concerning the CSTO’s work and exchanged views on key issues on the global and regional agendas.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues,

As today’s host, allow me to open this working meeting. We agreed to hold an informal exchange of views on the security situation in our countries, discuss developments in the world as the New Year approaches, and share our opinions on these various problems.

We are constantly in dialogue on the issues of major interest. We know that problems in the world are not becoming fewer. At least, this gives us the chance to keep up with events in various areas and make timely responses to the threats that arise in our countries.

We know how complicated relations are in many parts of the world. The number of problem places and hot spots has not decreased, and we have not managed to resolve old conflicts as often as we would have liked. The problems in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Syria and other hot spots are all subjects of concern. I am very pleased therefore to have this chance to meet today and discuss all of these problems.

Thank you very much.


December 26, 2016, St Petersburg