Security sphere situation
LAVROV ESTIMATED THE CHANCES FOR DEPLOYMENT OF AMERICAN BASES IN THE CSTO COUNTRIES
None of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have requested consultations on the possible deployment of American military bases. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this on July 12 during a press conference.
He noted that all issues related to the presence of foreign troops personnel in any CSTO state are subject to approval in accordance with the organization's charter.
“It is telling that none of these countries submitted any requests to the CSTO about the need to have a consultation on this topic,” Lavrov said.
He added that the Pentagon has declared its willingness to locate its resources around Afghanistan in order to strike at targets in Afghan territory if necessary. However, there is hardly any country that would be interested to become a hostage of a US policy like this and expose itself to retaliation.
Lavrov also said that the emergence of new US military bases or facilities in Central Asia does not align with the security interests of the region. This was his comment on the publication in The Wall Street Journal saying that American troops could be transferred from Afghanistan to the countries of Central Asia.