CSTO won’t be drawn into Ukraine war

Sunday, 22 May 2022 — Indian Punchline


The leaders of the member states of Collective Security Treaty Organisation met in the Kremlin, Moscow, May 16, 2022

There should be no surprise that the summit meeting of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) hosted by Russia at the Kremlin on May 16 fell short of articulating against the “collective West” over the Ukraine conflict. The same pattern as in the 2008 Russo-Georgian war is repeating. Russia is not dictating policies and is going along with the consensus opinion. The contrast with the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation couldn’t be sharper.

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CSTO’s mission accomplished in Kazakhstan

Friday, 14 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

Russian servicemen fold the national flag during ceremony marking end of CSTO mission in Kazakhstan, Almaty, January 13, 2022

The readout of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “working meeting” in the Kremlin on Wednesday with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu regarding the Collective Security Treat Organisation’s  mission to Kazakhstan needs careful analysis.

As is customary with Putin, so much more was said in the unsaid.

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Putin draws the line for colour revolutions

Wednesday, 12 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

Russian airborne troop units who departed on Jan. 6 to join the Collective Security Treaty Organisation’s peacekeeping force in Kazakhstan are expected to return in the coming days after successful completion of mission.

This must be a rare page in American diplomatic history that a US Secretary of State has been literally off his rocker. Antony Blinken’s outbursts on the events in Kazakhstan were not only boorish but also illogical.

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CSTO in Kazakhstan annoys U.S.

Saturday, 8 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

Gen. Andrey Serdyukov, commander of Russian Airborne Troops, will lead the CSTO peacekeeping forces in Kazakhstan

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Press Availability at Washington on Friday was largely devoted to Ukraine and the forthcoming strategic stability talks with Russia. But in response to a carefully planted question at the fag-end of the interaction, Blinken reflected bitterly on the deployment of Russian troops to Kazakhstan.

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US-NATO Sponsored “Free Syrian Army” is Falling Apart. Government Forces Have the Upper Hand By Thierry Meyssan

2 January, 2013 — Voltairenet.org

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While the French press persists in announcing the “imminent fall” of Syria and the “flight of Bashar al-Assad,” the reality on the ground has turned around completely. Even though chaos is plaguing most of the territory, the “liberated zones” have melted like snow in the sun. Deprived of its anchor points, the FSA has been left with no prospects in sight, while Washington and Moscow are poised to blow the whistle to end the game.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 24-29 December 2012: USA / Afghanistan / Canada / Germany / CSTO / Gold

29 December 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Zbigniew Brzezinski as a mirror of American devolution (I)

29.12.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The passing of 2012, among other things, was marked by a publication of fundamental importance, in terms of understanding the processes occurring in the world and the U.S., the book by Zbigniew Brzezinski «Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power» (1). Continue reading

Stop NATO News: December 21, 2011

21 December 2011 — Stop NATO

  • CSTO Warns U.S., NATO Over European Missile System
  • Israel: U.S. Commander Finalizes Largest-Ever Interceptor Missile Drill
  • NATO Doubles Georgian Troop Deployment To Afghanistan
  • NATO Pushes Permanent Mission In Baltic Sea
  • Hungary: U.S.-NATO Strategic Airlift Operation Logs 6,000 Flight Hours
  • AFRICOM-Trained Djibouti Troops Arrive In Somalia
  • Troops Out, U.S. Military Clout Remains In Iraq
  • Iranian MP Criticizes Turkey For Hosting NATO Missile Radar
  • GCC Marks $5 Billion For Aspirants, Fellow Monarchies Jordan, Morocco
  • Pentagon Intelligence Secretary Arrives In Azerbaijan
  • Massive Japan F-35 Deal Increases U.S. Leverage In Asia
  • Pentagon Applauds Japan F-35 Purchase, Canada Next

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 13, 2011

13 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Africa Must Challenge Military Occupation Of World By One Superpower
  • Military Land, Sea, Ground Robots: U.S. Hosts 6,000 Experts From 30 Nations
  • Turkey, U.S. Preparing For War With Syria?
  • NATO: U.S. Commando Raids In Afghanistan Almost Tripled Since 2009
  • Afghan War: NATO 2011 Death Toll Approaches 400
  • CSTO: Former Soviet Republics Hope To Contain NATO
  • U.S. Ship Pays Africa Partnership Station Visit To Ghana

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NATO vs CSTO: The Fogh of war By Eric Walberg

28 October, 2009

‘Regional’ defence organisations are very much in transition, notes Eric Walberg

NATO’s reputation as the guardian of peace on Earth is in tatters these days. Once avowedly an alliance of North America and Western Europe to fight the communist hordes of Eurasia, it morphed into something quite difference with the collapse of the socialist bloc two decades ago. It now pretends to unite all of Europe to fight the Muslim hordes wherever they be found and, of course the Russians, just for good measure.

To do this, it expanded rapidly in the past decade, and now has a Partnership for Peace with ex-Soviet hopefuls. It also has a Mediterranean Dialogue with Western-oriented Muslim states and Israel (of them, Morocco and Israel are further blessed as “major non-NATO allies”) and the GCC+2 — the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Egypt and Jordan. GCC+2 has been optimistically dubbed the “NATO of the Middle East” in Western media, but then once-upon-a-time so was the ill-fated Baghdad Pact, originally called the Middle East Treaty Organisation (METO). The real “NATO of the Middle East ” is of course US+1.

Whatever the US/NATO schemes and their pretexts, the results in recent years have been less than impressive. The communist hordes were soon replaced by the Russian and/or Muslim ones, and, despite the Mediterranean Dialogue and the GCC+2, the Muslim ones are multipying daily. Even NATOphiles realise something is amiss. The newly appointed secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, was so eager to transform the organisation he gave up his job as prime minister of Denmark, making him the highest ranking politician to take over NATO. “I want to modernise, transform and reform so that NATO adapts to the security environment of the 21st century.”

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Great Power Confrontation in the Indian Ocean: The Geo-Politics of the Sri Lankan Civil War By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

23 October, 2009 — Global Research

The support and positions of various foreign governments in regards to the diabolic fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military, which cost the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, says a great deal about the geo-strategic interests of these foreign governments. The position of the governments of India and a group of states that can collectively be called the Periphery, such as the U.S. and Australia, were in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) or Tamil Tigers, either overtly or covertly. Many of these governments also provided this support tacitly, so as not to close any future opportunity of co-opting Sri Lanka after the fighting was over.

In contrast, the governments of a group of states that can jointly be called Eurasia as a collective entity, such as Iran and Russia, supported the Sri Lankan government. The polar nature of the support by Eurasia and the Periphery for the two different combating sides in the Sri Lankan Civil War betrays the scent or odour of a much broader struggle. This is a struugle that extends far beyond the borders of the island of Sri Lanka and its region.

Why is this so? Much of the answer to such a question has to do with the formation of a growing alliance in the Eurasian landmass against the international domination of the U.S. and its allies. This Eurasian alliance was formed on the basis of the growing cohesion between Moscow, Tehran, Beijing, and their allies that has seen the animation of the Primakov Doctrine. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security body with real military dimensions that has been called “the NATO of the East” within some foreign policy circles is a real symbol of this geo-political dynamic. In 2009, the last chapter of the Sri Lankan Civil War was very much a theatre within this process.

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The Prospects of a New Cold War? Towards the Consolidation of the Russian-led CSTO Military Alliance By José Miguel Alonso Trabanco

8 May, 2009 – Global Research

“We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a new Cold War, but we don’t want one” – Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev

In his 1997 book entitled The Grand Chessboard American geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote that if Russia ever attempted to launch its own defense pact, it would include, “at most”, Belarus and Tajikistan[1]. Twelve years later, his list turned out to be incomplete. Moreover, the attempts being made in order to enhance the Russian-led CSTO’s actual power projection capabilities and the efforts undertaken to bring the organization’s members closer together is something Brzezinski failed to anticipate and it seems that the latest developments concerning CSTO demonstrate that his triumphalism was premature.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a.k.a. The Tashkent Pact, is an institutional framework created by countries from the post-Soviet space. Its charter was signed in 2002 by the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. CSTO, along with the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) and the Russia-Belarus Union State, is one of the organizations which sponsor integration efforts in the former Soviet Union. Its creation was clearly a response to NATO’s uninterrupted expansion eastward. CSTO articles include a mutual defense clause. Nevertheless, at the time, CSTO’s goal was more political than military because the organization was basically meant to prevent its members from being incorporated into NATO provided that this security pact stipulates that no member can join any other military alliance. For years, CSTO accomplished little more than conducting military exercises. This limited role was due to the fact that, back in 2002, the Russian Federation was still trying to recover from the chaos it had to deal with during the 90’s.
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