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18 May 2023, 13:38

Volodin: Common challenges make CSTO more united

MINSK, 18 May (BelTA) – The situation in the world is close to disaster. In these circumstances, everyone should be aware of their responsibility, including the CSTO MPs, whose unity is only strengthening in the face of common challenges, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Vyacheslav Volodin said at the meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko as part of the CSTO PA Council meeting in Minsk, BelTA has learned.

Vyacheslav Volodin thanked the Belarusian leader for the opportunity to meet and for his invariably open, balanced position on topical issues. "The position of the head of state, the country chairing the CSTO, is very important for us," Vyacheslav Volodin said. He also conveyed greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The meeting with the Belarusian president, according to him, is even more valuable given the fact that Aleksandr Lukashenko himself was a member of Parliament and knows the specifics of parliamentary work. "You outline the priorities that we navigate by in our work. These include the approximation of national legislations, harmonization of laws. In this part, we have made certain progress. We have adopted 82 documents, including 12 model laws, 70 recommendations. By 2025, we plan to adopt another 33 model acts. This job is not easy. Some initiatives are supported by a number of CSTO member states, but all decisions are made by consensus. In this regard, our organization is unique," the MP said.

"Such meetings are extremely important for us. You set the guidelines, the direction and give impetus. The dialogue within the framework of the parliamentary dimension is growing more active," he added, stressing that in the CSTO, relations between the members of the organization are built on the principles of mutually beneficial cooperation, friendship, non-interference in each other's sovereign affairs.

Vyacheslav Volodin addressed special words of gratitude to Belarus for the respectful and caring attitude to history. The day before, the members of the CSTO PA Council visited the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk and were greatly impressed by what they saw. "I would like to express my gratitude to you for treating our history with great respect, cherishing the memory of our grandfathers, great-grandfathers who sacrificed themselves to gift the future to us and to the country," Vyacheslav Volodin said.

"Today, the world is approaching disaster. Everyone should be aware that a lot depends on all of us. Common challenges unite us. This is the moment of truth," the CSTO PA chairman stressed.

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