Statement by the CSTO PA Council on inadmissibility of foreign interference in the electoral processes of the Organization's member states


The elections held in the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization demonstrate the maturity and sustainability of electoral systems. Free, transparent, competitive elections were held in accordance with national legislations, universally recognized and regional international obligations in this area.

At the same time, we oppose any attempts of direct and indirect foreign interference aimed at bringing democratic character into question. It is inadmissible to give biased assessments of the processes and use social networks, video-sharing platforms and other mass media for systematic dissemination of information aimed at stratifying and polarizing society and promoting to commit radical actions.

It is important to prevent any attempt of foreign interference in the national electoral processes of the Organization's member states. Neither states nor their representatives have the right to interfere in the electoral processes, or even more to impose any requirements on the Organization's member states, including by providing illegal support to the opposition forces with a help of various non-governmental organizations.

A particular danger is posed by foreign-controlled information resources, social networks and video-sharing platforms censoring political content without a court or other authorities order.

We consider such anti-democratic practice as a direct threat to sovereignty and national security of the Organization's member states.

The Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization strongly affirms inadmissibility of foreign interference in the internal affairs of states.

The Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is convinced that a gross violation of fundamental democratic rights and freedoms in global information networks by the owners of foreign information resources requires a balanced, objective assessment by international, including parliamentary, organizations.