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Shoigu announced the need to develop a mechanism for the exchange of military information within the framework of the SCO

NEW DELHI, April 28 – RIA Novosti. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the need to develop a mechanism for cooperation, emphasizing information exchange and joint exercises in the field of military security within the framework of the SCO.

Speaking about the modernization of the SCO’s work at a meeting of the defense ministers of the SCO member states in New Delhi, Shoigu said, “To develop a mechanism for information exchange in the field of military security within the framework of the SCO.” including mechanisms to respond to challenges and threats.
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According to the minister, an expert working group within the SCO Defense Council has developed a draft agreement to organize the exchange of information between the defense ministries of the SCO countries. “I suggest speeding up its approval in the states,” Shoigu said.

He described deepening military cooperation as another task, with an emphasis on holding joint exercises and other combat training events.

Stating that the Russian army is ready to share its war experiences, Shoigu said, “To conduct exercises on countering new methods and techniques used by terrorist organizations.”

Talking about the need to expand forms of interaction, he named the use and combating of drones, information and biological security among promising areas.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Shoigu said that the US has formed a front in the Asia-Pacific region to encircle China.

“It is also worth considering the realization of the organization’s potential in the field of peacekeeping,” Shoigu said. Said.

He also noted the need to develop partnerships with other regional integration associations, notably CSTO and CIS.

“Invite them and representatives of friendly countries to participate in certain SCO activities. Such an approach will help spread the “Shanghai spirit” among the world community,” Shoigu said.

According to him, in the context of an imbalance in the global and regional security systems, the urgency to strengthen cooperation within the SCO as a universal body that supports the principles of multipolarity based on international law is increasing.

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“Therefore, we need to ensure the stability of our organization in the context of attempts by foreign powers to undermine organizational integrity and provoke internal crises in member states,” Shoigu said. said.

He noted that “it is important to consistently implement the agreements reached at the highest level on the modernization of the work of the SCO, including mechanisms for responding to challenges and threats.”

“The maintenance of peace and security should remain an unchanged main priority,” the Russian Defense Minister said.

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