CSTO official delivers training session at OSCE Border Management Staff College



Alexander Bobrov, the Counselor of the Political Co-operation Department at the CSTO addresses the 11th Staff Course participants at the OSCE BMSC, 15 May 2014 (OSCE BMSC/ Farhodjon Nabiyulloev)

DUSHANBE, 15 May 2014 – Representative of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Alexander Bobrov today visited the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe and addressed participants of the 11th Staff Course.

Twenty-five mid- and senior-level female officers of the border, customs and drug control agencies of Afghanistan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Romania and Tajikistan were presented with the CSTO’s work and mechanisms to counter transnational threats to security.

“Today the College gained a new partner that plays a considerable role in the OSCE region. I believe that co-operation with CSTO will result in the implementation of successful joint educational activities,” said Alexander Eliseev, Chief of Education at the OSCE Border Management Staff College.

Bobrov, the Counselor of the Political Co-operation Department at the CSTO, said: “Increasing our partnership with the OSCE Border Management Staff College is important. This lecture is the first step in our co-operation that I hope will further grow and develop. During the discussions with the course participants, we reviewed the CSTO’s strategic approaches and mechanisms to combat transnational threats to security focusing on fighting terrorism, managing borders and keeping them safe.”

“Every country represented here has its own way to address current and emerging security challenges. But it is the co-operation and information exchange that makes these efforts successful and most relevant,” he added.

In the course of the session, the participants learnt about CSTO systems, the organization’s policy directions in combatting modern challenges and threats, military co-operation, and collective rapid-reaction forces. Also highlight were the CSTO’s efforts in countering terrorism and the importance of international co-operation in combating cross border illicit drug trafficking, responses to emergencies, illegal migration and human trafficking.

Bobrov also made concrete proposals on how to enhance cooperation between his organization and the OSCE Border Management Staff College.