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Russia-led bloc adopts statement affirming their commitment to UN Charter

According to CSTO chief Stanislav Zas, the priority in achieving security goals should be given to political means

DUSHANBE, September 15. /TASS/. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has adopted a joint statement of the foreign ministers on their commitment to the principles of the UN Charter, Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Stanislav Zas told reporters.

"Today, the joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of our organization was adopted affirming [our] commitment to the principles of the UN Charter and on further cooperation to guarantee their strict compliance. This is particularly relevant given the current situation. In the document, our states stress that the principles of international law are the basis of international relations rejecting the unilateral interpretation and selective application of the principles of international law, as well as confirming the primary responsibility of the UN Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security," Zas said.

"We fully support the principle that states refrain from the threat and use of force in violation of the UN Charter," the CSTO chief added. According to him, the priority in achieving security goals should be given to political means. "This is also written in the charter of our organization," he emphasized.

That said, the CSTO voiced concerns over the introduction of unilateral warning measures. "We express our serious concern about the continuing cases of the introduction of unilateral preventive measures not based on international law, including economic sanctions, which hinder the efforts of the most vulnerable countries to combat the coronavirus pandemic and overcome its socio-economic consequences. We express our support for the calls by the UN Secretary General to suspend such restrictions, " he concluded.