Azerbaijan not to join NATO
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.
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.