CSTO will continue to develop cooperation with the CIS and the SCO

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CSTO will continue to develop cooperation with the CIS and the SCO 10.06.2020 11:23


According to the statement of the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Stanislav Zasj, the Organization intends to develop bilateral and trilateral cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), RIA Novosti reports.

Following the meeting of the CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers, which was held in a video conference format, he noted that senior officials of the CIS and the SCO understand the benefits of such cooperation for all organizations.

This is an indispensable condition for further advancement, said Zasj, noting the growing threats to the OAI member states in several dimensions. “Unfortunately, these are the realities. And this should be taken into account in the activities of the CSTO,” he concluded.

Following the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced a consensus on granting observer status to the SCO and the CIS. "They participated in our work today, so a consensus is emerging to begin by granting observer status to these two of our fraternal organizations," Lavrov explained.

The Minister also believes that the work of the organization will be of interest to the countries of Central Asia neighboring the CSTO region, since topics such as the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime will be of interest to them.

CSTO Foreign Ministers adopted a statement confirming adherence to the goals and principles of the UN Charter, as well as statements on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, on supporting the UN Secretary General’s appeal for a global ceasefire in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, as well as on solidarity and mutual assistance in the fight against infection.

CSTO Secretary General told reporters about the organization’s plans to hold large-scale exercises in Tajikistan in 2021.