Foreign visits
President Serzh Sargsyan’s working visit to Astana

15.10.2009 - 16.10.2009

Today, the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan observed at the Maribulak military training field the final stage of the “Cooperation 2009” military exercises conducted by the collective Rapid Response Force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Military exercised held in Kazakhstan on October 12-16 were first exercises conducted since after the establishment of Rapid Response Forces. At the maneuvers in Kazakhstan Armenia was represented by 110 servicemen - one military unit and line officers.

The exercises were aimed at the development of algorithms for the interaction of the different divisions of the Rapid Response Force in threatening situations and in combat, coordination of the activities between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and military leadership of the host country, as well as for the study of different tactics applied in deployment of multinational force.

The CSTO Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Command Staff of the exercises praised the participation of the Armenian troops in the exercises and their combat readiness.

The final stage of the “Cooperation 2009” military exercises was observed by the Presidents of five CSTO member states – Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

The Heads of State gave high marks to the results of the exercises and stressed once again that the establishment of Rapid Response Force provided new meaning to the CSTO. The decision to establish Rapid Response Force had been made in December 2008, during the unofficial summit of the CSTO Heads of State in Borovoy resort, while the final decision on the establishment of the Force was made in June 2009 in Moscow, at the conclusion of Armenia’s presidency in the organization. The primary task of the CSTO Rapid Response Force is to neutralize aggression or threat of aggression against a country or countries of the Organization through a rapid deployment of its multinational troops.

This evening, after the conclusion of the military exercises, the delegation headed by President Sargsyan returned to Yerevan.

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