CSTO ready to consider India’s call for partner status: Russian diplomat

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The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is ready to consider India’s appeal for observer or partner status in the CSTO, Russian Permanent Representative to the CSTO, Mikael Agasandyan, has said. .

Notably, on Jan. 31, Russia’s new ambassador to New Delhi, Denis Alipov, said Moscow was interested in boosting India-CSTO ties and said contacts had already been established, according to Sputnik.

“In this regard, I would also like to note that since last year, the institutes of an observer in the CSTO and a partner in the CSTO have begun to operate in our organization, and the latter status is more ‘ progress’ in the framework of cooperation, as well as rights and obligations… We are not going to impose ourselves on anyone, but we are ready to examine in a constructive and rapid manner the relevant requests from third countries and organizations as as they are received,” Agasandyan said when asked if the CSTO plans to strengthen ties with India.

The CSTO is open to the development of mutually beneficial and good neighborly relations both with other international and regional organizations and with other countries that respect the norms and principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, a added the diplomat, the news agency reported.

Among those countries is India, which is one of the major powers on the world stage and has special interests in the Eurasian space, Agasandyan said.

Previously, the first India-Central Asia Summit, hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in virtual format, brought together five presidents – Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan and Sadyr Japarov of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Noting that Central Asia is central to India’s vision of an integrated and stable extended neighborhood, Modi said mutual cooperation has achieved many successes over the past three decades. He called for defining an ambitious vision for the years to come.

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