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30 November 2020, 12:46

Risks of direct foreign interference in internal affairs of CSTO countries seen as increasing

Anatoly Isachenko
Anatoly Isachenko

MINSK, 30 November (BelTA) - Risks of direct foreign interference in the internal affairs of the CSTO countries are increasing, Anatoly Isachenko, deputy chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, a member of the Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO PA), said during a web-based meeting of the Council and the 13th plenary session of the CSTO PA, BelTA has learned.

“First of all, I would like to thank everyone on behalf of Belarus for fruitful work. A lot has been done, especially given the difficult geopolitical situation. Separately, I want to highlight the increased risks of direct foreign interference in the internal affairs of the CSTO member states. Parliamentary diplomacy is meant to reduce tensions. But individual parliaments of Western countries adopt all sorts of unfriendly resolutions. All this is happening against the background of the crumbling international security architecture. This month, the United States unilaterally withdrew from another international treaty. This time it quit the Open Skies Treaty, of which Belarus is a party. The international legal mechanisms for arms control are eroding. We can stand against such a difficult environment only by collective efforts,” Anatoly Isachenko said.

He also emphasized the importance of the CSTO agreement on cooperation in international information security that came into force in 2019, and the concept, the action plan and tools to counter cyber-challenges and threats adopted promptly by the PA.

According to Anatoly Isachenko, amid the growing global terrorist threats, the CSTO's work on the implementation of the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy is of utmost importance. The CSTO needs to increase contacts with the counter-terrorism organizations and plenipotentiaries of the UN, the OSCE, the CIS and the SCO.

The video conference is led by Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia, Chairman of the CSTO PA Vyacheslav Volodin. The Belarusian delegation includes Sergei Rachkov, member of the Presidium of the Council of the Republic, Igor Lavrinenko, member of the House of Representatives, and Viktor Kogut, Deputy Secretary General of the CIS IPA Council - Plenipotentiary Representative of the National Assembly of Belarus.

The agenda includes 12 issues. The focus is on the progress made in the implementation of the priorities of Russia's presidency in the CSTO in 2020, the situation in the CSTO zone of responsibility and measures to counter challenges and threats to collective security.

MPs are also considering three draft recommendations, the draft action plan concept and tools to counter cyber challenges and threats, as well as programs of the CSTO PA for the alignment and harmonization of national legislation of the CSTO member states in 2021-2025.

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