The history of organizational development and development of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization

For the first time, the idea of ​​creating joint collective security management bodies was recorded in the Memorandum on enhancing the effectiveness of the Collective Security Treaty and adapting it to the current geopolitical situation adopted at the session of the Collective Security Council on May 24, 2000 in Minsk. 

Subsequently, this idea was reflected in the Plan of Basic Measures for the Formation of a Collective Security System of the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty for the period 2001-2005.

At the Yerevan (May 2001) session of the Collective Security Council, it was decided to establish an intergovernmental body of military control of the CSTO collective security system.

During the May (2002) session of the Collective Security Council by the presidents of the CSTO member states, the situation was discussed in a narrow circle and a consensus was expressed on the need to create a military headquarters responsible for the implementation of the tasks of the military component of the Collective Security Treaty.

In November 2002, the Group of Coordinators prepared a plan for the creation of a CSTO military staff headquarters - the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The idea of ​​creating the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was approved by the Decision of the Council of Ministers of Defense of the CST member states of November 19, 2002. By the same Decision, the coordinating group was tasked with preparing a package of draft documents on the creation of the CSTO Joint Staff.

The CSTO Joint Staff was considered as a working body of the Organization acting on a permanent basis, with the tasks of developing the military component of the Collective Security Treaty and ensuring the activities of the CSTO Council of Defense Ministers.

On April 28, 2003, in the city of Dushanbe, the CSTO Collective Security Council, guided by the need to create a military headquarters of the CSTO responsible for the implementation of the tasks of the military component of the Collective Security Treaty, in accordance with Article 13 of the Charter of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the CSTO Council of Ministers of Defense - the CSTO Joint Staff and its activities are to be organized from January 1, 2004, by placing at the address: Moscow, the 38th military town, L Yeningradsky Prospect, 41.

For many generations of military personnel this address is well known. For many years the Headquarters of the Warsaw Pact Organization was located here. Then, after the collapse of the USSR, the Staff for the Coordination of Military Cooperation of the CIS Member States. But even today, within these walls, it is the collective security that remains to be resolved.

The day of the formation of the CSTO Joint Staff is considered April 28 (established by the Order of the Chief of the CSTO Joint Staff dated December 14, 2015 No. 28).

Command of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization 

     The Chiefs of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (while simultaneously combining the indicated positions in the armed forces of the CSTO member states):

From April 2003 to June 2004 - Lieutenant-General NADYROV Ramil Khalilovich, First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces;

     from June 2004 to June 2005 - Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Lieutenant-General Darbekov Bulat Kerimzhanovich

     from June 2005 to June 2006 - Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation General of the Army BALUEVSKY Yuriy Nikolayevich;

     from June 2006 to October 2007 - Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus, Lieutenant-General GURULYOV Sergey Petrovich

     from October 2007 to July 2008 - Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Kyrgyz Republic, Major-General YUGAI Boris Alexandrovich;

     from September 2008 to December 2010 - Colonel-General KHACHATUROV Yuriy Grigorievich, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia, Yuri G.;

     from December 2010 to May 2012 - Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus, Major General TIKHONOVSKY Pyotr Nikolayevich;

     from May 2012 to December 2012 - First Deputy Minister of Defense - Chairman of the Heads Committee of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan Colonel-General ZHASUZAKOV Saken Adilkhanovich.

  The Chiefs of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (with the release from the previous position in accordance with the Decision of the CSTO Collective Security Council of December 19, 2012):

     from December 2012 to November 2015 - Lieutenant-General STUDENIKIN Alexander Igorevich;

     from November 2015 - Colonel-General SIDOROV Anatoly Alekseevich.

 First Deputy Chiefs of the Joint Staff of the Collective Security Treaty Organization:

     from December 2003 to June 2005 - Lieutenant-General ZAVGRODNIY Vasily Mikhailovich *;

     from June 2005 to April 2008 - Colonel-General BABICHEV Ivan Ilyich * ;

     from April 2008 to March 2010 - Lieutenant General LATYPOV Oleg Yuryevich *;

     from March 2010 to June 2012 - Colonel-General NOGOVITSYN Anatoly Alekseevich.