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Azerbaijan not to join NATO

Last Updated: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 08:31

Baku: Azerbaijan will join neither NATO nor the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but is prepared to cooperate with both, a presidential aide said.

"As Azerbaijan has been participating in NATO`s Partnership for Peace programme since 1995, we envision our future security model within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement," said Ali Gasanov, head of the presidential department for socio-political issues.

"Therefore Azerbaijan will neither be a member of NATO nor the CSTO, while cooperating with both."

That does not mean Azerbaijan will not alter its position in the future, he added.

"If Azerbaijan`s national interests require membership of those organisations, the country could become a member of NATO or even the CSTO - or remain neutral," Gasanov said.

Cooperation with the European Union is Azerbaijan`s conscious choice as it is interested in promoting European values in the country, he said.

"Our future path is integration with European nations," he said.

The CSTO`s current members are the former Soviet states of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. In December 2012, Uzbekistan officially suspended its CSTO membership.


First Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 08:31
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