CIS security chiefs to discuss US meddling in domestic affairs

CIS security chiefs to discuss US meddling in domestic affairs

Secretaries of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Security Councils will discuss the US meddling in sovereign countries’ domestic affairs at an annual meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, the press service of the Russian Security Council’s administration said, TASS reports.

At the meeting, the sides plan to discuss issues related to global security and strategic stability. "In particular, they are expected to hash over the aftermath of the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the US strategy and tactics in the sphere of cyber security, and the US meddling in domestic affairs of other states," the statement reads.

"Regarding the regional context, the meeting’s participants will analyze threats posed by foreign terrorists and measures on preventing them from entering CIS soil as well as issues of chemical and biological security in the Commonwealth," according to the statement.

Opening the meeting, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev noted that the parties would focus on drawing up joint approaches to ironing out burning issues in order to ensure security in the former Soviet states. Patrushev stressed that measures worked out at the 2018 meeting enabled the sides to step up efforts on exchanging data on terrorist organizations. He also praised progress in military and technical cooperation of the CIS states and their joint measures on thwarting international terrorist organizations’ activity.

The annual meeting in Moscow is attended by security chiefs of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Besides, Serbian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib were invited to take part.

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