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Russia "Increasingly Distrustful" Of SCO

Russian troops participating in the 2012 Peace Mission SCO exercises in Tajikistan

Over the last few years, two large multilateral security organizations that have emerged in Central Asia: the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), dominated by China, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), dominated by Russia. For the most part, these two groups have looked past one another, staking out complementary, rather than competing, mandates, and including many of the same members (Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan all belong to both). But there is still under-the-surface competition between the two groups.

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Russia "Increasingly Distrustful" Of SCO

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