Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
No country has applied to CSTO to join it, but many countries are concerned about participation in any actions within the frames of this organization, CSTO Secretary General, Nikolay Bordyuzha, said at today's press-conference in Yerevan when asked if this military and political structure is going to extend.
He also added that at present many neighboring states want to participate in the joint actions on fighting illegal drug trafficking. We have been successfully cooperating with more than 20 countries in this context. "The raising of information safety is on the agenda. We are also going to create a serious system of collective response at crisis situations, that may occur as a result of technological disasters", - he said.
He said not quantity but high quality participants are important for the CSTO. "Unfortunately, we have got an experience when a country joined CSTO but did not want to take part in the work of the organization. Some time later, it left the organization. In fact, it made us understand that it does not need such security system. We don't need such partners", - Bordyuzha said meaning Uzbekistan that left CSTO in June of the current year.