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26 November 2020, 18:12

Migration in CSTO countries under control amid pandemic

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MOSCOW, 26 November (BelTA) – The situation with migration in the member states of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) amid the COVID-19 pandemic remains stable and manageable. This matter was in focus of an online session of the Coordination Council of Heads of Competent Authorities of the CSTO Member States for Countering Illegal Migration, BelTA learned from CSTO spokesperson Vladimir Zainetdinov.

“The participants of the session stressed that amid the pandemic the situation in the member states, in general, remains stable and controlled, despite the difficulties with stranded foreign nationals,” Vladimir Zainetdinov noted. “Legal regulations on migration adopted in the CSTO member states in response to the coronavirus spread were timely and effective,” he added.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is one of the serious challenges facing the CSTO member states, CSTO Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov said. “At the same time, we can already say for sure that our countries are coping with this difficult period well,” he noted. Valery Semerikov proposed the coordination council to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the pandemic on migration and work out common approaches to cooperation within the CSTO in ensuring migration safety in similar situations.

The participants of the session praised the results of the work to control migration processes and counteract illegal migration. They confirmed the importance of further joint efforts in fighting illegal migration and stressed the necessity to hold the CSTO regional operation Nelegal (Illegal Migrant) in 2021.

Russian First Deputy-Minister of Internal Affairs Minister, Police Colonel General Aleksandr Gorovoy was re-elected chairman of the Coordination Council of Heads of Competent Authorities of the CSTO Member States for Countering Illegal Migration.

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