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CIS States To Hold Talks On Joint Air Defense System. (Image for representation only)

Representatives of eight member countries of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) will hold talk on plans to develop a joint air defense system, The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The discussion will be held in the Russian city of Astrakhan, the defense ministry added.

The questions of the improvement and development of a joint air defense system of the CIS member states will be discussed on September 5 in Astrakhan by the members of the coordinating committee for air defense, attached to the council of the defense ministers of the Commonwealth.

The 47th committee meeting will gather together delegations from the Defense Ministries of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

After the meeting, the committee members will continue their work at the Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan region, where the Combat Commonwealth-2017 drills of an integrated CIS air defense network are taking place, the ministry's press service noted.

The CIS was established in December 1991 and is a regional organization that formed during the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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