“Shanghai Six” and the Collective Security Organization are to React to American Missile Defence Plans

Russia is member of the post-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which brings it  together with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,  Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Armenia.  

Together with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,  the CSTO is considering a joint response to American  plans for missile defences in Eastern and Central  Europe.  

Its executive head Nikolai Bordiuzha said this to the  press after emerging from a Moscow conference of  deputy CSTO foreign, defence and finance ministers and  national security supremos:   – The Organization sees the NATO defence  infrastructure and American missile defences so close  to its western borders as a serious threat to its  vital security interests.  

Indeed, missile defences can be deployed aggressively,  in a manner that calls on neighbours to mount a  response.   On cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation  Organization, in missile defence and other matters, Mr  Bordiuzha had this to say:   – The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a  heavyweight in maintaining security in the Eurasian  area.   Naturally, the CSTO seeks close coordination with it,  and has already achieved good results.   Under decisions at the Moscow conference, the  Collective Security Treaty Organization is creating a  joint Central Asian security force tasked with  preventing unwanted spillovers from Afghanistan. 

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