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- CSTO supports the initiative of the Russian President to hold a summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization supports the initiative of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and supports stronger commitment to dialogue with international organizations, including NATO, to address peacekeeping issues, said CSTO Secretary General Stanislav ZAS, RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir PUTIN, speaking at the fifth World Holocaust Forum, suggested holding a “meeting of heads of permanent members of the UN Security Council: Russia, China, USA, France and Great Britain,” and said that Moscow intends “to send messages to the leaders of the ‘five’ to that effect without further ado”.
“Considering the assessments and concerns about the fate of global civilization and security recently voiced at various levels, the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin to host a summit of the permanent members of the UN Security Council is timely and very significant. If leading powers cannot stand together to respond to the challenges of our time, then these challenges simply cannot be met. The initiative of the Russian President to host a summit is a precondition for our actions on a global scale,” Mr ZAS said.
In his opinion, “state leaders should overcome their emotions, fear of public backlash, break away from everyday issues and face these global threats... and shape a global policy against these threats.”
“We expect the UN to play a major role in the implementation of the Russian President’s initiative. A meeting of the UN Security Council permanent members would be a very relevant and seminal event. In my opinion, the UN should play a major role in organizing such a meeting,” said the CSTO Secretary General.
Mr ZAS noted that as the head of the organization responsible for security in the Eurasian region, he believed it was equally important to hold such a dialogue and build security relations between regional organizations, including NATO. The first practical step, according to Mr ZAS, could be his personal meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens STOLTENBERG.