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Interview: Analyst Says Uzbekistan's Suspension Shows CSTO Is 'Irrelevant'

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Uzbekistan on June 28 announced that it has suspended its membership of the Moscow-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), saying the organization ignores Uzbekistan and does not consider its views. The CSTO is largely billed as an antiterrorism organization and it includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. RFE/RL correspondent Robert Coalson spoke with Vladimir Socor, a senior fellow of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation, about the CSTO and the significance of Tashkent's decision.

RFE/RL: Could you tell us please a little about the CSTO and Uzbekistan's troubled relations with it?

Vladimir Socor: Uzbekistan quit the CSTO for the first time in 1999. It then returned some years later, but Uzbekistan was never an active participant in the activities of the CSTO. This organization is purely symbolic. It does not have any significant activities in the field, except antiterrorism exercises on a small scale.

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