CSTO Uneasy About Georgia’s NATO Membership Drive

CSTO UNEASY ABOUT GEORGIA’S NATO MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Armenpress
Jan 16 2007

YEREVAN, JANUARY 16, ARMENPRESS: Nikolai Bordyuzha, the chief secretary
of the Russia-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization
(CSTO), said the organization would be forced to review its approaches
regarding the national interests of its member countries and change
also its security priorities when Georgia joins NATO.

"Georgia’s plans to become a NATO member, vehemently advocated and
pressed for by its leadership and NATO’s welcome reaction are a
signal of alarm for the region’s security and stability," Bordyuzha
was quoted by Russian Interfax news agency as saying.

"We cannot predict exactly when Georgia’s plans will become true
but when it happens we will have to react to that kind of serious
geo-strategic change in the region,’ he said.

The CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, Russia and Uzbekistan.

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