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West doesn’t like independent policy of CSTO states, will increase pressure — Duma Speaker

Illegitimate sanctions and foreign interference in domestic affairs are the challenges that the countries have already encountered, Vyacheslav Volodin pointed out

MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Western countries do not like the independent policy of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) so their pressure will only grow, Russia’s State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said during a meeting of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly Council on Monday.

"The CSTO member states conduct the policy of sovereign states in the interests of their citizens. Those who defend a unipolar world model which became obsolete don’t like this. For this reason, pressure on the part of Washington and Brussels will increase," he said.

"Illegitimate sanctions, foreign interference in domestic affairs, especially during elections and referendums are the challenges that we have already encountered," the Duma speaker said. In relation to this, he stressed that it was a right decision for the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly to begin developing a legal standard protecting democratic elections in the CSTO member states against foreign meddling.

On Monday, Volodin arrived in Yerevan to hold a meeting of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly Council. The CSTO Parliamentary Assembly Council organizes the operations of the Assembly and consists of the leaders of the parliaments of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.