Friday, July 31, 2009

Ex-Soviet States Meet For 'Russian NATO' Summit

The Collective Security Treaty Organization is holding a meeting in Kyrgyzstan starting Friday. Map by

From AFP:

CHOLPON-ATA, Kyrgyzstan (AFP) – The presidents of seven ex-Soviet states ended a summit Friday of a Russia-led security grouping touted as an eastern counterweight to NATO but riven by disagreements.

The leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) sought at a lakeside resort in Kyrgyzstan to smooth out differences over a June 14 deal to establish the group's first joint rapid reaction force.

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My Comment: The CSTO is just a shadow of the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact.

More News On The CSTO Summit

CSTO Leaders Gather For Informal Summit -- Radio Free Europe
Russia, Kyrgyzstan to sign base deal: official -- China Daily
Russia wants second base in Kyrgyzstan -- AP
Former Soviet Republics Expected to Form Joint Rapid Reaction Forces -- Novinite

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