Uzbekistan sees no need to return to CSTO – Foreign minister

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Uzbekistan believes there is no need for the country to join the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) at the moment, according to the country’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.

Kamilov told a news on Friday that Tashkent considered it important to be able to repel precise terrorist threats together Russia and Central Asia states.

“Today, for example, we do not see the need for Uzbekistan to return to the CSTO, assuming that there will be some kind of frontal offensive of regiments, armies, divisions towards Central Asia, towards Uzbekistan,’’ the minister said.

He added that terrorist threats emanating from the Afghan territory cannot be excluded.

“Therefore, today we see the task as even urgent, not so much preparing for some big war, but the CSTO is a very serious organisation huge potential.

“The task is to timely repel the precise challenges of the threat of terrorism,’’ Kalimov said.