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Who Postponed the CSTO Summit?

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Turmoil in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has led to the postponement of an important gathering of the heads of the member states at which a decision was supposed to be made regarding the group’s secretary general.

The military alliance led by Russia and including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan as full members, has been posited as an answer in the post-Soviet space to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). But the CSTO has never had the unity of purpose seen in NATO’s joint efforts, such as in Afghanistan, and has been plagued by internal discord among members.

The current turbulence was triggered by Armenia’s decision in early November to recall Yuri Khachaturov, a former chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, who had been serving as the CSTO secretary general. Khachaturov had been charged in July 2018 with involvement in the violent crackdown........

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