Joint statement by the CSTO member states at the 95th session of the Executive Council, October 9, 2020
We, member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), being committed to the goals and objectives of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (hereinafter, “the Convention”), are supportive of the efforts aimed at ridding the world completely of chemical weapons, strengthening the non-proliferation regime and preventing their use by anyone under any circumstances.
As proponents of the convention, we pursue exclusively constructive goals, including identifying mutually acceptable solutions and avoiding confrontation or attempts to impose a politicised agenda on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and to turn it into a tool for promoting the geopolitical interests of certain countries.
We emphasise the importance of strict observance of the provisions of Paragraph 2 of Article VII of the Convention on cooperation of the States Parties and the provision of legal assistance in an appropriate form to ensure that a satisfactory national investigation into alleged incidents is carried out. This kind of interaction implies the provision of all the necessary information requested by the State Party concerned as part of the implementation of its obligations under Paragraph 1 of Article VII of the Convention.
We stand for the unconditional and bona fide use of the mechanisms provided by the Convention to clarify issues that raise doubts about compliance with this international treaty or which may be considered unclear. We call upon the States Parties to abandon lofty politicised statements and to move towards real cooperation, consultations and exchange of relevant information in accordance with Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article IX of the Convention.