Astana summarizes CSTO Summit results

9 November 2018

The heads of states held talks in narrow and extended formats. There were 23 issues on the agenda: in particular, it summing up the results of the year under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan, a general declaration and a statement on coordinated measures in relation to members of terrorist groups. The priorities also include the modernization of the CSTO command structure and collective rapid reaction forces. The leaders of the countries decided on the CSTO Crisis Response Center legal framework. A strategy to combat illegal migration before the 25th year has been approved. The chairmanship in the organization moves to Kyrgyzstan next year.

The Allies approved the statuses of the CSTO Observers and Partners, this will expand the Organization’s opportunities in the international arena. By the way, this initiative was announced last year by our country during its chairmanship. A legal foundation was laid down and approved during the summit. This will strengthen the organization’s position not only in the region, but also on the world stage. For example, in dialogue with the OSCE, NATO and the UN.

One of the main intrigues of the summit, the position of the Secretary General of the Organization, was not resolved. The decision on appointment was postponed until the next meeting of the presidents in December in St. Petersburg. Following the summit in Astana, the heads of the countries signed a number of international documents.