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In his speech at a visiting session of the CSTO PA Council in Dushanbe, Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, recalled the decisions of the CSTO Collective Security Council session on countering shared challenges.
“The Declaration signed after the session by the presidents of our countries notes the need for increased cooperation to protect the health and wellbeing of citizens during the pandemic and other threats.
In this regard, I believe that the topic of legislative support of public health security should be on our agenda,” the Chairman of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly noted.
“Let us instruct the relevant commissions to include this topic into the 2021–2025 Action Plan on Approximation and Harmonization of National Legislation by the next meeting of the CSTO PA Council. This way it will be possible to implement, in the framework of the parliamentary dimension, the decision adopted by our heads of states,” Mr. Volodin said to his Council colleagues.
As you may recall, the Declaration adopted by the CSTO Collective Security Council on December 2, 2020, stipulates, in particular, that “in view of the global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks of new epidemics, in order to strengthen public health and wellbeing, CSTO Member States intend to continue to share experience on the prevention and control of infectious diseases, expert training and improving the monitoring and emergency-response systems.
Considering the cross-border nature of biological security risks and threats, there is a growing need for increased joint action to prevent them.”
Vyacheslav Volodin reminded: “In the fight against coronavirus infection, our doctors worked in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Russian Sputnik V vaccine is supplied to almost fifty countries, and our CSTO partners receive it on a priority basis.”