Thursday, January 17, 2013

Afghanistan: Russian General Staff advocates NATO-CSTO cooperation

Following the future withdrawal from Afghanistan of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the situation is likely to worsen in this part of the world, said in Brussels on Wednesday the head of the Russian General Staff Valeri Gerasimov.

"Everything that happens near the borders of Russia and those of our allies Organization of Collective Security Treaty (CSTO)," said the general told reporters after a meeting of the Council level of Chiefs of Defence Staff.

According M.Guerassimov, all the forces that do not want the region bogged down in chaos must coordinate their efforts to ensure safety.

Founded in 2002, the Organization of Collective Security Treaty, described by some analysts as "Russian NATO" is an organization with politico-military groups to this day Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

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