Vyacheslav Volodin elected as Head of CSTO Parliamentary Assembly: а Commentary by Andrey Kazantsev

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On November 24 speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin was elected Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Andrey Kazantsev, Director at the MGIMO University Analytical Center, shared his thoughts on challenges and tasks before Mr. Volodin personally and CSTO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) as a whole.

“The election of Vyacheslav Volodin to the position of CSTO PA Chairman shows, among other matters, that the head of the State Duma will pay more attention to international issues in his activities. This development seems to be logical; I am sure that Mr. Volodin will excellently handle his new job in the CSTO PA. The agenda of CSTO and CIS parliamentary assemblies has made Mr. Volodin schedule quite tight: State Duma speaker has already conducted a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts, including representatives of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Armenia. At all these meetings security issues received most attention. However, CSTO is a complex organization and the region of its responsibility, including security issues, can be divided into three large sub-regions.

At the meeting with his Afghani counterpart Mr. Volodin stated that the parliaments of both countries were going to sign a document on security cooperation. It looks that the content of the document will be quite general, since political coordination as well as providing considerable military and financial aid are not exclusively in the sphere of responsibility of Russian and Afghani parliaments.

Taking into account Mr. Volodin’s statements, improvement of the CSTO legislative base will be on the top of the agenda. In particular, I mean such issues as migration flows, international terrorism and extremism, including in the information space.”

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