Before the meeting of the CSTO Palestinian Authority Council, the speakers of the parliaments of the participating countries, led by Vyacheslav Volodin, visited the unique Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk.
Photo: Edward CHESNOKOV
The capital of Belarus meets impeccable cleanliness and perfectly trimmed lawns. Hotels accept Russian Mir cards, in the President Hotel, where our event is taking place, there is a kiosk with a sign “Russian Amber” – in response to Western sanctions, the republic is increasing trade with Russian regions, including the Kaliningrad region.
The reason for the visit is a meeting of the Council of the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) under the CSTO, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which unites six post-Soviet countries.
The meeting is chaired by the Chairman of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin. But before that, the cultural and commemorative part. Vyacheslav Viktorovich, together with the speakers of the parliaments of the member countries of the Organization, visits the new Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk.
Volodin is here for the first time and, in his own words, he is shocked. Of course, everyone knows that every fourth Belarusian died during the war, and the Nazis destroyed hundreds of villages, including Khatyn; but you see documentary evidence, and again imbued with tragedy … and the greatness of the national feat.
The next meeting is with the President of the Republic, Alexander Lukashenko.
“Today the powers that be are trying to redistribute the world. And we are at the center of this attention. That’s why we have to hold on to each other. This is our policy. We offer it to you. I believe that there is no other alternative to preserve the sovereignty and independence of our states”, says Alexander Grigoryevich.
In response, Volodin conveys the warmest wishes of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“The position of the head of state, the country that presides over the CSTO, is very important for us,” Vyacheslav Volodin notes. Today the world is getting closer to disaster. And of course everyone should be aware that a lot depends on all of us. Common challenges unite us. This is the moment of truth!
The Moment of Truth is also the title of Vladimir Bogomolov’s brilliant novel about the fight against the Nazi invaders in 1944 in Soviet Belarus, which, of course, everyone knows about.
Volodin also supports Belarus’s initiative to host a conference on Eurasian security in Minsk this fall. There really isn’t enough of such a platform on the mainland: a similar Western event in Munich was remembered only for threats by Kiev leader Volodymyr Zelensky to “return Ukraine’s nuclear status” on February 19, 2022.
But the CSTO, as a fairer “alternative to NATO”, is increasingly attracting other players. Representatives from Iran, Cuba, China and Vietnam also participated in today’s meeting in Minsk. And from the National Assembly of Serbia, an official observer country, came a greeting to the present meeting.
It is clear why the Parliamentary Assembly operates under our defense bloc: to harmonize the national legislation of the participating countries to jointly counter global threats:
“During the work of the CSTO PA, 82 documents have been adopted, including 12 model laws and agreements, 70 recommendations in the field of combating terrorism and extremism,” Volodin notes, recalling that all these decisions were approved by consensus. : “The CSTO is one of the few organizations guided precisely by this principle.
“For Armenia, the CSTO is the main international organization in the field of security,” one of the meeting participants, Armenian MP Gegham Manukyan, told reporters.
And here is the session itself. On the agenda are the fight against adolescent drug addiction, countering the arms race in space, as well as new areas of cooperation: biological security, protection of Internet infrastructure and the fight against external interference in the information and political sphere. .
“We are talking about the most important thing – the future of the citizens of our countries,” emphasizes Volodin.
So, despite all the attempts of the West to undermine our unity, the reality is different: on May 9, Victory Day, the heads of all CSTO countries flew to Moscow, and today the speakers of their parliaments are in Minsk.