ArmInfo.The foreign ministers of the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) noted the high potential of the Russian concept of collective security in the Persian Gulf. This is stated in a joint statement by the CSTO Foreign Ministers, the text of which was posted on Wednesday on the website of the Russian diplomatic service, TASS reports.
The foreign ministers expressed concern over the current situation in the Persian Gulf region, which is fraught with <a large-scale military clash with the most negative consequences for all countries involved, regional and international security>. "Ministers note the significant positive potential of the Russian Concept of collective security in the Persian Gulf," the statement said. "They urge all parties to exercise restraint and take steps to reduce tension and restore confidence."
On July 23, the Russian Foreign Ministry presented the Concept of Collective Security in the Persian Gulf. It provides for the formation of an initiative group to prepare an international conference on security and cooperation in the Persian Gulf, which will subsequently lead to the creation of an organization for security and cooperation in the region. In addition, Moscow took the initiative to create demilitarized zones in the region and proposed to abandon the permanent deployment of groups of extra-regional states and establish hot lines between the military.
The statement said that the foreign ministers of the CSTO member countries are concerned about the remaining hotbeds of tension in Syria.
According to the statement, <Ministers express concern over the persistence of hotbeds of tension in Syria and continue to closely monitor the development of the situation. They note that the achievement of long- term stability in the Syrian Arab Republic, including in the north-east of the country, is possible only on the basis of respect and full restoration of the sovereignty, territorial integrity of the state and ensuring the security of the civilian population representing the various ethnic and religious communities of the country>.
The Foreign Ministers also pointed out the need to continue the fight against terrorism in order to completely eliminate the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups banned in Russia. Ministers welcomed the launch of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, noting that this "is an important step in advancing the political process, led and carried out by the Syrians themselves with the assistance of the UN".
In addition, the CSTO countries support the efforts to maintain the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program and will provide them with effective assistance. <The ministers advocate further systematic implementation of it on the basis of the commitment of all parties involved to their commitments and subject to a carefully balanced balance of interests that underlie comprehensive agreements, the statement says. - They support efforts aimed at de-escalation around the JCPOA and express their firm intention to render them effective assistance in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2231>.
On November 6, Iran began to pump gas into centrifuges at a facility in Fordo, which in fact means the beginning of the fourth stage of reducing the obligations undertaken by it in the framework of the nuclear deal. The future of the JCPOA has been called into question after the United States unilaterally quit it on May 8, 2018 and Washington imposed sanctions against Tehran in the field of oil exports. According to the Iranian side, the rest of the participants, primarily Europeans, do not fully adhere to their obligations in the economic part of the agreement, so the deal in its current form does not make sense. According to the press service of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry, the CSTO member countries are considering the possibility of helping to resolve conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa .. <The meeting approved the draft statement of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization on improving international cooperation and cooperation in order to strengthen global and regional security. A joint statement was made by the foreign ministers of the CSTO member states on efforts to stabilize the situation in the Middle East and North Africa>, the report said. According to the press service, the heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, defense departments and secretaries of the CSTO's security councils during a meeting in the capital of Kyrgyzstan approved draft decisions on <deepening the political, military and military-economic cooperation of member states, improving the legal framework and financial and economic support the organization's activities submitted for consideration by the CSTO Collective Security Council session on November 28, 2019>. <The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov informed the meeting participants about the priority areas of the RF's activities for the period of the organization's chairmanship, "the report says. At the end, the ceremony of transferring the wands of the chairmanship to the Ministerial Council, the CMO and the Collective Security Treaty Organization of the Collective Security Treaty Organization from the Kyrgyz Republic of the Russian Federation, the press service said. According to her, the meeting participants also <exchanged views on the military-political situation in the CSTO collective security regions>.
The next session of the Collective Security Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization will be held on November 28 in Bishkek with the participation of the Presidents of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, as well as the Prime Minister of Armenia. The agenda of the meeting includes more than two dozen issues, including those related to ensuring regional and international security.