Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev announced today, August 19, an “unprecedented number” of applications for membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), as well as for observer or dialogue partner status with the SCO.
“The unprecedented number of applications both for joining the organization and for acquiring the status of an observer or dialogue partner speaks of the increase in the role and authority of the organization in world affairs,” he noted, speaking at the 17th meeting of the secretaries of the Security Councils of the SCO member states.
Patrushev also stressed that “today the SCO is making a significant contribution to the construction of a new fair multipolar world order.”
As reported EADaily, the day before, on August 18, in Tashkent, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev held a series of meetings with colleagues from the states that are members of the SCO. During negotiations with the head of the Security Council of Uzbekistan, he announced the desire of the West to create new centers of international tension, including in the territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). With colleagues from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Mongolia, Patrushev discussed issues of regional stability, and also informed colleagues about the course of the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.