International press center MIA “Russia Today” (Presidential Hall), 14.00 Moscow time.
Acting CSTO Secretary General Valery Semerikov has negotiated with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger in the CSTO Secretariat, where he participated in the meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization
OSCE intends to strengthen interaction with the CSTO in countering contemporary challenges and threats, primarily in the fight against international terrorism
April 25th of this year the meeting of the Acting CSTO Secretary General Valery Semerikov, with the OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greming, took place. He visited the CSTO Secretariat for the third time and participated in the meeting of the CSTO Permanent Council. The meeting was attended by plenipotentiaries of the CSTO member states, as well as the leadership of the Secretariat.
Welcoming Thomas Greming at the meeting of the CSTO Permanent Council, Valery Semerikov noted the ongoing development of cooperation between the CSTO and the OSCE, which has been actively developing since 2009.
“These years have become a time of great difficulties for establishing a dialogue in the interests of creating a common security and cooperation space without dividing lines throughout the Eurasian continent. We have witnessed the growth of confrontation and in fact the narrowing, and even the overlapping of a number of important channels of communication in Europe. Under these conditions, the OSCE, its institutions created to search for prevention, monitoring and facilitating conflict resolution with the active constructive role of Mr. T. Greminger remain platforms, where the dialogue - albeit very difficult - continues, retaining the hope that the high ideals of the largest pan-European organization still find their embodiment. We wish him success in his arduous mission,” said V. Semerikov.
“CSTO cooperation with the OSCE is developing. We consider it one of the important areas of activity of our Organization, an effective means of promoting regional and international security and stability and enhancing the response potential of the CSTO member states to global threats and challenges. We state that in recent years our relations have successfully passed the period of formation and have accumulated considerable positive experience, ” said Valery Semerikov.
Thomas Greming presented the OSCE approaches to topical European security issues to the members of the CSTO Permanent Council and reaffirmed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's intention to strengthen interaction with the Collective Security Treaty Organization in countering contemporary challenges and threats, primarily in the fight against international terrorism.
Speaking at the meeting, the plenipotentiaries of the CSTO member states, noting the positive role of the OSCE in ensuring security in the Eurasian region, stressed the need to intensify efforts to strengthen mutual trust and build a constructive dialogue. It was considered expedient to continue the practice of reciprocal invitations to meetings of the permanent councils and other activities of the CSTO and the OSCE.
During the bilateral meeting between Valery Semerikov and Thomas Greming, an exchange of views took place on the situation in the area of responsibility of the CSTO and the OSCE. The coincidence or similarity of positions on the discussed issues related to the regional situation and the need to further expand and improve the effectiveness of cooperation in countering threats emanating from international terrorism and organized cross-border crime, drug trafficking and illegal migration were stated.
In this regard, the parties' plans were discussed, including the possibility of holding joint events, primarily in the area of countering new threats and challenges.
The conversation took place in an atmosphere of mutual understanding, was business friendly in nature. An agreement was reached on the continuation of regular contacts.
CSTO press secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov
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