Russia must use nuclear deterrent to protect allies: Expert

March 12th, 2008 - 10:27 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, March 12 (RIA Novosti) Russia must reserve the right to use nuclear weapons to protect Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) members in case of an imminent threat, a Russian political analyst said Wednesday. The CSTO is a post-Soviet security group comprising Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

“It is necessary to extend part of Russia’s nuclear doctrine, which covers the use of tactical nuclear weapons, to all members of the CSTO treaty as a deterrence guarantee,” said Leonid Ivashov, the head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Sciences.

He said the existing treaty was too vague about the assistance, including military, which each CSTO country must provide to an ally in case of a clear and imminent threat of military aggression.

The treaty must be revised and contain a concrete definition of such assistance, clearly described in military-strategic terms, Ivashov said during a roundtable in Moscow.

The Treaty on Collective Security was signed in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on May 15, 1992.

The CSTO was established on Sep 18 2003 in accordance with a decision of the heads of member states on transforming the treaty into an international regional organization.

The Russian leadership has already reaffirmed its commitment to building and maintaining a strong nuclear deterrent, while strongly criticizing the proposed deployment of the US missile shield in Central Europe, and the eastward expansion of NATO.
RIA Novosti

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