CSTO set to hold joint anti-ISIS operation ‘Mercenary’ in 2018

Belarus FM Uladzimir Makey making a speech at the CSTO session in Minsk, photo by TASS

CSTO countries are working on the unified list of terror organizations, CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov said on Thursday.

According to the top official, taking into account the events involving the Islamic State, the Collective Security Treaty Organization is also planning the joint operation ‘Mercenary’.

Valery Semerikov, photo by Ria Novosti

“The decision on making a combined list of terrorist organizations was adopted last year. Not a single international organization has such a mechanism, i.e. a unified list, but we took the decision, presidents approved it, and now the list is being made,” the representative of the CSTO said.

Given the unfolding situation with the Islamic State, the CSTO intends to conduct the special operation Mercenary in 2018.

“Everyone knows how many representatives of our [CSTO] states are engaged in terrorist activities in the territory of Syria, Afghanistan and other countries,” news agency Interfax quotes Semerikov.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Belarus is currently a presiding country of the CSTO.


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