In move to strengthen CSTO, Russia considers kicking out Uzbekistan

September 7, 2011

The CSTO has thus far in its short history proven to be something of a paper tiger.  This is not in Russia’s interests, and a think tank chaired by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has telegraphed Russia’s goal of making the CSTO into a more muscular organization capable of acting as military force in Central Asia and surrounding regions.  The first step in this process will be to transform the decision making process of the group by moving to simple majority votes and kicking out the sometimes problematic Uzbeks (in essence, making the CSTO even more Russia-centric).  The report also states that the CSTO should seek to work more closely with NATO on shared interests.  Such shared interests are probably temporary and transitory, however, as at their core the two organizations are antipodal – the CSTO is inescapably a Eurasian institution while NATO is the definition of a distributed, maritime, globalist institution.

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