ArmInfo. On 17 October, the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia David Tonoyan took part in the tenth session of the Coordinating Council for Emergency Situations of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
According to the press service of Armenian MES, representatives of the emergency services of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, as well as the CSTO secretariat took part in the meeting. During the meeting, the participants discussed a wide range of issues aimed at deepening cooperation with a view to strengthening regional security. Within the framework of the meeting of the Coordination Council, the participants discussed the prospects for further cooperation with international organizations to use their potential. The participants considered and approved the Plan for coordinating the interaction of the ministries and departments of the CSTO member states in the field of preventing and eliminating the consequences of emergency situations for 2018-2020. One of the issues on the agenda of the CSTO session was the development of the Russian-Armenian humanitarian response center. At present, the second stage of its formation and practical deployment is underway. The creation of this center was a real breakthrough in cooperation with the emergency departments of Russia and Armenia. An example of the need for such joint work is the recent major fire in the republic, which was succeeded in eliminating by joint efforts. Also, the participants of the meeting of the Coordinating Council considered and approved the Action Plan on interaction of the authorized bodies of the CSTO member states in the sphere of prevention and liquidation of the consequences of emergency situations for 2018.
During his speech, Tonoyan spoke about the activities of the Russian-Armenian humanitarian response center, about the prospects for the development of the center's capabilities. The Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia will also take part in the command post exercises on October 18-19 in Belarus, where the situations related to radiation accidents will work. Also will check the readiness of the personnel of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. The next eleventh meeting of CCES CSTO will be held in Kazakhstan in the second half of 2018.