Bishkek, 27 October 2023 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Russia, Mikhail Mishustin addressed the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of Government Council, on October 26, in Bishkek. 

During the meeting, the Prime Minister especially emphasized ensuring multi-polarity within the world by beating protectionism and illegal sanctions, generating equal opportunities for countries to reform trade, economy, and business relations.

Besides that, he spoke on multiple issues including, economic cooperation, cultural exchange, health, education, trade, and investment.

At the outset of his address, the Russian Prime Minister referenced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks on SCO, stating that SCO is firmly committed to creating a truly just and multipolar world order based on international law and generally recognized principles of cooperation between sovereign states, with a central, coordinating role of the United Nations.

While speaking on vitalizing multi-polarity and cooperation, Prime Minister Mishustin stated, “Our common priority is to ensure that our countries remain stable in the face of the global challenges.”

He further elaborated that it is also necessary to reliably protect people and businesses amid growing rivalry and turbulence, as well as the toughening of protectionist measures and illegitimate sanctions, which are disrupting commodity and services supply chains throughout the world.

In this regard, he encouraged the member states, that with standing united they will be able to cope with protectionist measures and illegal sanctions.

In that context correspondingly, he emphasized that their unity to cope with protectionist measures and sanctions could be testified by their progressive growth of mutual trade.

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To support that, he shed light that Russia’s trade with the SCO member states grew by more than one-third last year, reaching a record high of almost 18.5 trillion rubles. And over the seven months of this year, it grew by another 16 trillion rubles.

Furthermore, he encouraged SCO’s cooperation will be further advanced by the implementation of the economic development strategy for this decade.

In this regard, he stressed to the delegates of the countries to continue to work on improving the SCO in the wake of current geopolitical realities.