MOSCOW / PRAGUE, April 25. The Russian parliament today ratified a treaty designed to boost cooperation with neighboring countries on shared security threats, including terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization comprises Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Trubnikov told the deputies before the voting that the organization should also seek to set up regional forces and provide them with personnel, arms and military hardware.
The parliament voted unanimously to recognize the organization and approve its charter.