MOSCOW, 21 September (BelTA) – Russia counts on the active participation of Belarus in the structures of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said in Moscow on 21 September as he met with State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Aleksandr Volfovich, BelTA has learned.
“At the SCO summit in Samarkand on 15-16 September, a decision was made to start the procedure to admit Belarus to the organization as a full member. In this regard, we look forward to your continued active participation in the meetings of the secretaries of security councils within this organization,” Nikolai Patrushev said.
Taking the opportunity, he congratulated the Belarusian people on the Day of People's Unity that was marked on 17 September. “This day deserves to be celebrated in Belarus,” Nikolai Patrushev emphasized.