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The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation has specified the procedure for the use of the CSTO collective peacekeeping forces in UN peacekeeping operations.
The press service of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation reports that it has approved the ratification of the Protocol on Introduction of Amendments to the Agreement on Peacekeeping Activities of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) of October 6, 2007, with Sergei Kolbin, member of the Committee on Defence and Security of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, presenting.
According to him, the amendments are aimed at further improvement of the legal framework of the CSTO peacekeeping activities.
“The concept of a ‘coordinating state’ is added to the list of terms. In addition, a new procedure for the establishment of a collective CSTO peacekeeping force to be used in UN peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the coordinating state has been defined,” Sergei Kolbin stressed.
“The ratification of the Protocol meets the interests of the Russian Federation, as it will help ensure effective participation of the CSTO and its Member States in the efforts of the international community to maintain international peace and security, as well as strengthen cooperation within the Organization,” the senator said.
As you may recall, the Protocol introduces the concept of a “coordinating state” and stipulates that a collective peacekeeping force (CPF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization shall be created under its auspices for use in a UN peacekeeping operation.
“The terms of the CPF’s participation in a UN peacekeeping operation shall be defined in an agreement to be concluded by the coordinating state with an authorized UN body,” the document states.
The Protocol was signed on September 16, 2021 in Dushanbe.