After the conclusion of the three countries’ joint military maneuvers along the US border with Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the war games were aimed at preventing the spillover of conflict from Afghanistan to Central Asia.
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The Russian-led military alliance of the six countries of the former Soviet Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) formed in 1992 ensures the collective defense of any member who faces external aggression.
According to Zaki Shaikh, an analyst based in London, England, there is a clear message from Moscow that its Central Asian allies are not interested in helping the US after the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in the form of providing bases to monitor the region.
“Russia insists that the US base will bring problems to the host country, because it will create a new set of security problems,” he said, as reported by Anadolu Agency, Tuesday (21/9).
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He also explained that the US military presence in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan could lead to direct conflict with the Russian-led CSTO.
The Russian Duma has announced that there should be no talk of deploying American contingents in these countries, because under the CSTO Charter, the consent of other members is also required to allow such external traces.