CSTO won’t participate in Russia-Ukraine war

The question of the participation of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in the zone of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not on the agenda,  official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Aibek Smadiyarov told in Astana.

Kazakhstan proceeds from the principles of the territorial integrity of states, their sovereign equality and peaceful coexistence in accordance with international law and the UN Charter. “In general, the zone of responsibility of the CSTO is clearly delineated by the internationally recognized territories of the member states of the organization, and collective security is ensured within these territories. Thus, the issue of CSTO participation in the zone of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not on the agenda,” Smadiyarov said, Kursiv reports.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization was established in 1992. The organization includes Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Belarus. The goal of the CSTO is to “strengthen peace, international and regional security and stability, and protect independence on a collective basis.”

On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR (republics not recognized by Kazakhstan and the world). On February 24, the President of Russia announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. In response, many countries have imposed massive sanctions against Russia. A number of countries supply weapons and equipment to Ukraine. The CSTO includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

Oct. 3, 2022