CIS defense ministers convene in Moscow
The 63rd meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the CIS countries has today begun in

The 63rd meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the CIS countries has today begun in the Russian capital of Moscow. Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev attends the event.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was unanimously elected as Chairman of the CIS Defense Ministers` Council. His candidacy was proposed by Azerbaijani Minister Abiyev.

“Such experienced politician and leader must be elected chairman of the CIS Defense Ministers` Council,” Abiyev noted.

According to the CIS Executive Committee, the defense ministers are expected to discuss a draft concept for the development of the united system for state radar identification, interaction of military administration bodies that share information about the radioactive, chemical, and biological situation, as well as unified controlled indicators of radioactive, chemical and biological security.

The meeting participants will also discuss matters concerning joint actions of the CIS united air defense system in 2013 and the improvement of the metrological support of the armed forces of the CIS member states, the interaction of between the bodies in charge of international military cooperation between the defense ministries, the holding of joint actions by engineer troops, the modernization and repair of engineer armaments, and the formation of a common inter-archive directory.

Besides, the CIS defense ministers will have to discuss preparations to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

The session is also expected to summarize the results of the second international contest of military science projects dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the founding of the CIS Defense Ministers Council. The session participants will have to make a decision on holding various sport championships of the friendly armies of the CIS member nations in 2012 and analyze the performance of the working bodies of the Council in 2012 and will adopt the plan of operation for 2013.

Azerbaijani Defense Minister will have a range of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event.