Russian Airborne Force ex-commander admits possibility of NATO’s attack on eastern flankRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 11:45
Russian MP says Moscow expects cooperation with Trump in war on terrorRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 11:18
Russian manufacturer ready to extend serial production of newest T-90MS tankMilitary & Defense February 20, 10:14
Russia, US should start with minor steps to restore ties — US expertWorld February 20, 8:38
Vitaly Saveliev: Aeroflot out in the openBusiness & Economy February 20, 8:00
Ambassador says Qatar interested in joining Astana talks on SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 7:30
Russia’s Dmitriev takes gold in sprint at 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in ColombiaSport February 20, 3:40
Lenin Moreno leads after 1st round of presidential election in Ecuador — exit pollsWorld February 20, 2:31
Emelianenko-Mitrione bout postponed due to American’s illnessSport February 19, 4:06
MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. India’s and Pakistan’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should help the security grouping comprising Russia, China and four ex-Soviet states in Central Asia to work more efficiently, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Chinese state news agency Xinhua.
“It is important to practically launch the process of expanding the organization,” Morgulov said in the interview published on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Tuesday. “All decisions necessary for that have been taken at an SCO summit in Dushanbe in September last year.”
“Heads of member states, including Russia and China, voiced their support for India and Pakistan becoming full members of the organization,” the diplomat was quoted as saying. “We are convinced that the admission of these states with the experience they have gained as SCO observers should help to boost the efficiency of our group’s practical work and its credibility in the world arena,” he said, adding that SCO members were actively working at a joint development strategy up to 2025.
A major step towards developing multilateral cooperation and creating security in the region was an agreement on border cooperation between SCO member states, Morgulov told Xinhua, noting that the assembly was completing its work on the draft document.
“We are paying particular attention to joint celebrations of victory in in World War Two,” the diplomat added. “Festive events will take place in all SCO countries. Leaders are expected to voice their attitude to this memorable occasion in a joint communique after a summit in Ufa,” he said.
China, Russia and four Central Asian nations — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — formed the SCO in 2001 as a regional security bloc to fight threats posed by radical Islam and drug trafficking from neighbouring Afghanistan.