On 13 November 2023, the XVI meeting of the Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's Consultative Coordination Centre for Responding to Computer Incidents (CSTO CCC) was held in Moscow, with the participation of leading experts and representatives of the national authorized bodies for Responding to Computer Incidents of the CSTO member states.
A meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council was held in Minsk on 23 November.
The heads of states have discussed in detail current problems of international and regional security and the main results of the activities of the CSTO during the inter-sessional period.
A meeting of the heads of the Collective Security Treaty Organization member states under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has begun in Minsk in the narrow format.
On 22 November 2023, in Minsk, a joint meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Council of Defense Ministers and the Committee of Secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO was held. Representatives of the Republic of Armenia did not take part in the meeting.
In accordance with the Action Plan for the implementation of the decisions of the November 20-22 session of the CSTO CSC and the fulfilment of the priority areas of the Organization’s activities, two documents relevant to the stabilization of the situation in the South Caucasus have been developed so far under the chairmanship of the Republic of Belarus.
The CSTO Collective Security Council adopted the Declaration and Statement on the Formation of a Just and Sustainable World Order02.12.2020
On December 2, this year, under the chairmanship of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, a session of the Collective Security Council (CSC) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization took place. (Video)
For the first time, the CSC session was held via videoconferencing. For this, the capabilities of the CSTO Crisis Response Center were also involved. The event was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Acting President of the Kyrgyz Republic Talant Mamytov, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. The meeting was attended by the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas.
The heads of state discussed the state of international security and issues of further increasing the effectiveness of the CSTO, the results of the implementation of the decisions of the November (2019) session of the Collective Security Council and the statutory bodies of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the intersessional period, as well as the possibilities of developing and strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation of the CSTO member states. Chairman of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin provided information on this issue.
The CSTO Secretary General noted that the quarantine restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic had made certain changes to the work of the executive and working bodies of the Organization. “Despite this, today we can state that the main tasks set by the CSTO CSC for 2020 and aimed at implementing the Priorities identified by the Russian Federation for the period of the chairmanship in the Organization have been completed,” Stanislav Zas said.
The CSTO CSC adopted The Declaration of the Collective Security Council, which states that the Organization over the years of its existence has taken a worthy place among the authoritative international and regional organizations, has become an effective factor in maintaining regional stability and sustainable development. "The organization is an effective multifunctional structure for the comprehensive provision of collective security and fully meets the goals of strengthening peace, international and regional security on the basis of universally recognized norms and principles of the international law," the CSTO CSC Declaration says.
The Statement on the Formation of a Just and Sustainable World Order . was also adopted. The document notes that one of the main tasks of mankind in the XXI century is the formation of conditions, guarantees and prospects for the harmonious development of future generations. “We are convinced that humanity has the opportunity to jointly ensure the preservation of peace, stability and security for all, to find a worthy response to modern challenges and threats. The solution of the problems facing mankind is possible only in conditions of a just and sustainable world order based on the generally recognized principles and norms of international law,” the Statement emphasizes.
For the CSTO member states, it was important that this year was marked by the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The Russian President Vladimir Putin, opening the session of the CSTO CSC, especially stressed that the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization should continue to jointly defend the truth about the war. “I am convinced that it is necessary to continue to act in solidarity, defending the memory of the Great Victory, of the feat of our peoples, at the cost of huge and irreplaceable sacrifices of which the world was saved from Nazism,” the Russian Head of State said. In his opinion, "this is not only a tribute to those who fought the enemy, but also a clear signal to the entire international community about the unity of the Organization's member states and their determination to together defend peace and security."
Vladimir Putin recalled that units of the armed forces of the CSTO countries participated in the Victory Parade in Moscow in 2020, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. "We are grateful to the allies in the Organization for supporting the initiatives put forward by Russia on international platforms to preserve the historical truth and counter the justification of Nazism in any of its manifestations. All CSTO members became co-authors of the Russian draft of the corresponding UN General Assembly resolution," the President of the Russian Federation stressed.
The CSTO CSC approved the Plan for the Development of Military Cooperation between the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization for 2021-2025, and a new Anti-Drug Strategy of the CSTO Member States for 2021-2025. It will make it possible to promptly respond to changes in the situation related to the illegal distribution of drugs on the territory of the CSTO member states, as well as reduce the scale of illegal trafficking in controlled psychoactive compounds and their non-medical consumption. The anti-drug strategy defines the agreed approaches of the competent authorities concerned in the field of countering the drug threat and the main areas of cooperation between the authorized bodies of the CSTO member states.
The heads of states decided to sign an Agreement on joint Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics and Medical Support of the Troops (Collective Forces), as well as to amend the Agreement on Peacekeeping Activities of the Collective Security Treaty Organization of October 6, 2007. The changes cover the issues of participation of the CSTO Collective Peacekeeping Forces in UN operations through an agreement with the coordinating state, which is designated by the Collective Security Council as one of the CSTO member states.
At the same time, the CSTO Secretary General noted that in accordance with the priorities of the Russian chairmanship, work was carried out to develop the CSTO Peacekeeping Forces. “This year, it is planned to include a special-purpose medical unit in the Organization's Peacekeeping Forces,” Stanislav Zas said.
He said that work continued to improve the system of collective response to modern challenges and threats. “The priority task in this direction was to build up joint efforts to combat terrorism and related extremism. Implementing the priorities of the Russian Federation, in order to block recruitment channels, exit/entry of citizens of the Organization's member states to participate in terrorist activities and neutralize the resource base of terrorist organizations, the “Mercenary” operation was successfully carried out under the auspices of the CSTO this year,” the CSTO Secretary General said.
A Decision on Additional Measures to Improve the System of Training Personnel for Public Authorities of the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was also made. The CSTO CSC approved the Organization's budget for 2021.
At the end of the CSC session, the chairmanship in the CSTO in the next intersessional period passed to the Republic of Tajikistan. The President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon provided information on the country's priorities.
The CSTO Press Secretary Vladimir Zaynetdinov