MOSCOW, January 18. Russia will seek to transform the CSTO into a universal international organization, told journalists Deputy Secretary of Russian security Council Yevgeny Lukyanov.
“Our country will actively use the potential of regional and subregional integration within the CIS and the Eurasian economic Union, as well as to work towards transforming the CSTO into a universal international organization capable of resisting a wide range of challenges and threats of our time,” he said.
Lukyanov added that the Russian Federation intends to increase collaboration with partners in the framework of associations and RICK BRICS, the Shanghai cooperation organization, APEC, the “group of twenty” and other international institutions. “Russia is ready to increase cooperation and building partnership relations with the United States and States in the Euro-Atlantic region, he emphasized. – At the same time stress the unacceptability of attempts to conduct bilateral dialogue from a position of strength, by increasing NATO’s military capabilities, advancing the infrastructure of the Alliance towards the Russian border”.
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Commenting on the signed at the end of 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin a new version of the Strategy of national security of Russia, Deputy Secretary of the security Council noted that two sections of this document devoted to foreign policy: “Russia in the modern world” and “Strategic stability and equitable strategic partnership”. “The updates made to reflect aggravation of the international situation that have occurred in recent years, he explained. – The U.S. and its allies continued to counter a multipolar world order and the West alternative power centers. Built up – oriented military- political alliances and economic associations around the world, a policy of destabilization of unwanted regimes the US. We also took into account the high level of economic and information pressure on Russia in recent years due to its independent foreign policy course”.
Lukyanov noticed that the overall tone of the document remained unchanged. “Unlike the U.S. we do not use the terminology of the “cold war”, don’t divide country into “good” and “bad”, don’t make enemies or threats to the national security of individual States or regions, he said. On the contrary, the national security strategy declares a commitment to an open, rational and pragmatic foreign policy that puts at the forefront the principles of international law, mutual respect among peoples, their cultures, traditions and interests”.
Deputy Secretary of the security Council noted that Russia will continue to give priority attention to the issues of disarmament and observance of the regime of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. “However, you should understand that the national interests of our country dictate the need to maintain its own deterrent capability, which guarantees the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Russia”, – he stressed.