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Uzbekistan quits Russia-dominated security pact

Uzbekistan quits Russia-dominated security pact

A Russia-dominated security pact of ex-Soviet nation says that Uzbekistan has suspended its participation in the grouping.
The Collective Security Treaty Organization's spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov said Thursday that it received a note from Uzbekistan declaring the suspension of its involvement in the seven-nation alliance. The grouping also includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Russia has touted the CSTO as an ex-Soviet response to NATO, but it has remained amorphous and weakened by differences among its members. The pact created a joint rapid reaction force that held sporadic maneuvers, but its numbers were small and tasks unclear. Uzbekistan has refrained from contributing its troops to the force in an apparent reluctance to give Russia too much clout.
Uzbekistan once already left the grouping in 1999, but returned in 2006.


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:33 GMT+08:00