Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov met with Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Secretary General Imangali Tasmagambetov. Denis Manturov is also Chairman of the CSTO Interstate Commission on Military-Economic Cooperation (ICMEC).
The government officials noted that one of the strongest areas of interaction within the CSTO is military-economic cooperation: of the approximately 60 documents adopted within the organisation as interstate treaties (agreements, protocols), around 30 percent regulate the development of military and economic cooperation.
“Today, we have a sufficient and solid regulatory legal framework to develop practical interaction between domestic defence enterprises and defence enterprises in the member states of the organisation,” said Denis Manturov.
According to Imangali Tasmagambetov, the geopolitical situation and the ever increasing tensions in today’s world are indicative of the importance of uniting the existing capabilities of the defence enterprises in the CSTO member states. “It is necessary to implement practical measures to form multilateral cooperation between defence enterprises in the CSTO member states for the joint development and production of weapons and military equipment, as well as the creation of service centres for maintenance and repair,” he said.
During the meeting, the CSTO Secretary General spoke about the current work on preparations for the 21st ICMEC meeting, which is scheduled for the end of April this year in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.