A military alliance formed by Russia If Vladimir Putin is defeated in the war in Ukraine, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) of former Soviet states will disappear.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) could be dissolved if Russia loses the war in Ukraine, he said during a summit organized in Yerevan (Armenia). Ukrainian Pravda.
“As you know, the existence and fate of the CSTO depends on the success of the activity of the Russian Federation in Ukraine (Russia’s war against Ukraine – no) recently popularized by the mass media. If Russia wins, the CSTO will continue to operate, but God forbid, if it doesn’t, the CSTO will dissolve. Many hot heads are discussing this issue in our countries too. I think we have come to the general conclusion that if, God forbid, Russia collapses, we will be buried under the rubble.“, Alexander Lukashenko testified.
At the same time, Lukashenko added that such discussions should not take place.CSTO will be there and no one will be disabled“.
CSTO is a Eurasian intergovernmental military alliance established in 2002 and includes six post-Soviet states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.
Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan refused to sign the CSTO Joint Security Council’s draft declaration during the CSTO summit in Yerevan.
Russia is no longer a “machine” in Central Asia
Russia seems to be losing control In many Central Asian countries that were once part of the Soviet Union, their armed forces appear to be struggling in the face of the Ukrainian offensive.
While the Kremlin’s military is suffering heavy losses on the Ukrainian front, Russia has other conflicts near its borders. Thus, in some states of the former Soviet Union, chaos has been caused by several violent clashes in recent weeks.
“Russia is already withdrawing its forces from Central Asia. Thus Russia’s abilities to maintain a grip on matters in the region are reducedJeff Markoff, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Insider.
The first problems for Moscow emerged in September, when Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan fought clashes involving tanks and artillery along a disputed border. Due to this bloody conflict, hundreds of soldiers and civilians have died and more than 100,000 people have been displaced.
Moscow’s biggest problem is the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan
But insiders say the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region marked a new chapter in September. In a six-week war in autumn 2020, Azerbaijan captured the region after Azeri forces, aided by Israeli and Turkish drones, destroyed Armenian forces.
The conflict is a big problem for Moscow because the two states are part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a sort of Russian-led version of NATO that includes Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
In early 2022, 2,500 CSTO soldiers — mostly Russians — were sent to Kazakhstan, where they helped the government quell large-scale protests against corruption and repression. Russian troops are stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh as peacekeepers to protect Armenians in the region after the 2020 war.
Russian leaders, including Vladimir Putin, have adopted this colonial mindset, viewing Central Asia (and Ukraine) as part of Russia’s sphere. The former Soviet states of Central Asia also used Moscow as a “boss” in the region.
Source: Ukraine Pravda, Insider.com
Tags: Russia, Ukraine, War, Alexander Lukashenko,
Release Date: 11-24-2022 12:43
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