Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 205

According to Lt. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, head of the Russian General Staff’s International Military Cooperation Directorate, participants of the October 29 meeting in Dushanbe of CIS countries’ defense ministers had concluded that "the actions of the USA and other countries are having an extremely negative impact on the southern borders of the CIS." Ivashov told a Moscow briefing that the meeting had agreed that "the Central Asian countries and Russia face a security threat." They also reviewed "external threats" in other CIS areas, he said. Ivashov suggested that the meeting’s participants had agreed to commission plans for "collective actions in various theaters to repel possible aggression… A common response to aggressors would involve ground force, naval, and air operations." (Interfax, October 31)

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