The CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas meets with Russian Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Moscow
On January 20, this year, In Moscow, at the Mansion of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Spiridonovka, a meeting was held between the CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas and the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. Topical issues of the Organization’s activities were discussed, including taking into account the Russian chairmanship of the CSTO and the preparation of upcoming meetings of its authorized organs.
The main attention was paid to the elaboration of the Plan for implementing the decisions of the CSTO Collective Security Council (CSTO CSC) and the priorities proposed by the Russian Federation for the period of the Organization's presidency in 2020, the implementation of the decisions of the CSTO CSC regarding the establishment of the institute of Partnership and Supervision under the CSTO, increasing contacts between the CSTO Secretariat and international organizations and their specialized structures, and the prospects for using CSTO Peacekeeping Forces in UN-sponsored peacekeeping operations.
Special emphasis was placed on the importance of joint steps by the CSTO member states, taking into account the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war and the 75th anniversary of the formation of the United Nations, confirming the inviolability of the principles and goals of the UN Charter.
Stanislav Zas said that the celebration of the Victory is a colossal event in terms of its impact on people, and therefore a number of events are planned in the Organization dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory. “We must defend the truth about the Victory, counteract all these attempts to falsify. This is the main goal of our work, especially since we have such a good reason - the 75th anniversary of the Victory,” the CSTO Secretary General noted.
Sergei Lavrov said that "in the initiatives of Russia, in the Russian priorities for the presidency, the central direction is the preservation of historical memory and the fight against falsification of the history of World War II. In addition to the political, memorial component, there is, as I said, a legal component component, because the legal results of World War II are now being tried to question. And this is unacceptable. And I am convinced that all the CSTO member states are united in this, as our joint work shows. and help you in all areas of activity that are sanctioned by the heads of our states, "" the Russian Foreign Minister noted.
The Acting Russian Foreign Minister said that Russia will support the CSTO Secretary General and the CSTO Secretariat in implementing the priorities for 2020 presented by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Bishkek on November 28, 2019. “We are confident that your rich political experience at all previous posts, including in the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus, will make your work effective, and we commit ourselves to supporting you and the activities of the CSTO Secretariat in implementing the decisions taken by the CSTO Heads of State,” said Sergey Lavrov.
In turn, Stanislav Zas noted that work in this direction has already begun. "A concrete plan has been developed to implement these priorities. In February, we intend to submit this document to the Chairman of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, President of Russia Vladimir Putin," he said.
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