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Russia-led security bloc sets out to create special council on biosafety

The future Coordination Council's functions will include, in particular, the development of proposals on the CSTO states’ joint practical measures to prevent threats to national, regional and global security with the impact of biological factors

DUSHANBE, September 15. / TASS /. At the ongoing Dushanbe-hosted conference, the Security Councils’ Secretaries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states, decided to establish a coordination council on biological safety, the Russian Security Council’s press service revealed on Wednesday.

"The future Coordination Council will analyze the situation in terms of ensuring biological safety in CSTO member states, organize the exchange of experiences, and put together recommendations for establishing and developing coordinated activities in this field," the statement reads.

Its functions will include, in particular, the development of proposals on the CSTO states’ joint practical measures to prevent threats to national, regional and global security with the impact of biological factors. Furthermore, the countries plan to improve the legal framework for cooperation within the CSTO and boost the interaction of relevant structures in the field of biosafety.

Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, attended the conference.

The CSTO is an international security organization, which currently includes six states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. The Collective Security Treaty was signed in 1992 in Tashkent. Tajikistan is chairing the organization in 2020-2021.